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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Publication Date: Mar 05, 2020
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March Madness officially begins on March 15, 2020, with college basketball teams embarking on a four-week odyssey to the Final Four. Across the country, basketball fans and non-fans alike are joining betting pools and brushing up on "bracketology." It's no coincidence that March is also the National Council on Problem Gambling's Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Betting on sports teams is a harmless pastime for many, but not for people who have, or who are at risk for problem gambling disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) introduced gambling disorder as a behavioral addiction in 2013. 

And according to the NCPG:

  • People with gambling problems often also have high rates of depression and increased rates of suicidal behavior.
  • People with other addictions are at great risk for problems with gambling. 
  • Teen rates for problem gambling are higher than for adults. 
  • Youth who gamble are more than two times more likely to binge drink. 

Learn More About Problem Gambling Disorder

Gambling Disorder Screening Day 

Gambling Disorder Screen Day is Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Gambling problems often go undetected, and screening in primary care and behavioral health care settings can help get people to treatment. Click here for more information and resources from the Cambridge Health Alliance Division on Addiction, the Gambling Disorder Screening Day Toolkit.  

Great Lakes Region Resources for Problem Gambling 

Illinois Council on Problem Gambling 

Indiana Council on Problem Gambling

Michigan Association on Problem Gambling 

Minnesota Department of Health Services Problem Gambling

Ohio for Responsible Gambling 

Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling