Compulsive Gambling

Fast Facts

  • • 85 percent of U.S. adults have gambled at least once in their lives, 80 percent in the past year. National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, January 2011.
  • • 91 percent of Minnesota adults have participated in at least one gambling activity during their lifetime. Minnesota Governor’s Report on Compulsive Gambling, February 2009.
  • • A Minnesota study on problem gambling and public school students showed boys gambled more than girls and older students gambled more than younger students. Minnesota Governor’s Report on Compulsive Gambling, February 2009.
  • • A Minnesota study on problem gambling showed relatively high rates of improvement among those seeking treatment. Categories where improvement occurred include gambling frequency, gambling problem severity, mental health, financial problems and illegal activity. Minnesota Governor’s Report on Compulsive Gambling, February 2009.
  • • College graduates (24 percent) are significantly more likely to gamble on sports than non‐graduates (14 percent). Gallup Poll, February 2008.
  • • Gambling occurs at a higher percentage in higher‐income households (72 percent) versus lower‐income households (55 percent). Gallup Poll, February 2008.
  • • Family members and/or significant others affected by negative consequences of problem gambling can access treatment and may qualify for funding even if the gambler is unwilling to participate in treatment.

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