Gambling and addiction and statistics
National gambling statistics are hard to come by. Because gaming is regulated at the state level, statistics are collected by states. Generally, each state’s Health and Human Services department organizes this activity via an Office, Division, Bureau, Administration, or other services system. However, a few national boards exist and you’ll be able to find statistics via their websites.
1. The National Council on Problem Gambling helps increase public awareness of pathological gambling, tries to ensure the availability of treatment for gamblers and their families, and encourages research and programs for prevention and education regarding gambling addiction. Their links page is an all-inclusive list of member coalitions, as well as state and international agencies that focus on problem gambling. This link rocks: NCPG affiliates and resources
2. The National Center for Responsible Gaming allows you to search over 150 peer-reviewed articles resulting from NCRG funded research on gambling disorders. Then, you can request a copy of a study or article.
3. The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research offers a database of public information about gambling. Simply search for data related to “gambling” or “gaming” and sort by date from newest to oldest.
4. The American Gaming Association (americangaming [dot] org) represents the commercial casino entertainment industry. So just know that that’s where their “Facts” are coming from. Nonetheless, I find their statistics and fact sheets interesting and up to date.
5. National gambling study impact study – As far as I can tell, the most recent and thorough nationally commissioned study on gambling was in 1999. The report was requested by the 104th Congress of the U.S. and the Commission terminated 60 days after it submitted the report. But this report provides lots of background information about
types of gambling, the problems therein and makes suggestions and recommendations to Congress for future action.