Overview of Facts And Stats


American Psychiatric Association
Annenberg National Risk Survey of Youth
Dr. C Blanco: Columbia University Medical Center
J. Derevensky & R. Gupta of McGill University
ED LOONEY, NJ Council on Compulsive Gambling
Dalhousie University
Harvard Medical School
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Minnesota Institute of Public Health
National Council on Problem Gambling
M. Stone, Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling
Emily E. Wilson licensed psychologist
H. Wynne: Wynne Resources in British Columbia

Australia: It is estimated that gambling addicts
now account for at least 2 per cent of the adult
population of the country.

Australia counts social cost of deregulation

1.52 million California adults and minors are
problem or pathological gamblers. That figure
includes: 589,000 adult problem gamblers;
333,000 adult pathological gamblers; 436,800
youth problem gamblers; and 159,900 youth
pathological gamblers.

www.consumeraffairs.com/5.31.06 Gambling
Boom Brings Revenue and Problems to California

The latest study is Morgan Quitno's list of the
most dangerous places in the United States to
live. For the fourth year in a row, Nevada
topped the list, which is based on six major
metrics - murder, rape, robbery, assault,
burglary and auto theft.

Editorial: Transformation to a better Nevada will
take courage, commitment

Each problem gambler negatively impacts 10
to 17 people around them, including family,
employer, co-workers, and government.

Missouri Department of Mental Health

One out of 20 people in this city (Calgary)
have a gambling problem and they each
affect eight to 10 other individuals...

University of Calgary/PhD
psychology student Nicole Peden, who's
conducting a study on problem gambling.

Each problem gambler negatively
affects 10 to 17 other people.

Nova Scotia stuby by GPI Atlantic,
a non-profit research group in Halifax

Gambling in Nova Scotia can be linked to
between five and 10 per cent of all personal
bankruptcy cases, and 6.3 per cent of
suicides. It also noted that problem
gamblers have significantly higher rates of
job loss, divorce, suicide, bankruptcy,
poor health, arrest and incarceration.

Nova Scotia stuby by GPI Atlantic,
a non-profit research group in Halifax

20% of addicted gamblers
have filed for bankruptcy.

Prof. John Warren Kindt
Bankruptcy Developments
Journal, volume 19, No.1

In 1996 the bankruptcy rate was 35%
higher than the average in counties with
five or more gambling establishments.

SMR Research Corporation, 1996

Shelby County, TN, where residents
have easy access to 30 gaming halls
and riverboatcasinos in nearby
Mississippi locations, has the highest
personal bankruptcy rate in the nation -
four times the national average.

SMR Research Corporation, 1996

In Missouri, the eight counties with
casinos had a more than 50% higher
filing rate than the non casino counties.

SMR Research Corporation, 1996

20% of the homeless are
gambling addicts.

Atlantic City Rescue Mission
Association of Gospel Rescue
Missions in Kansas

Up to 50% of spouses of addicted
gamblers are abused. When casinos
opened in SD child abuse rose by
42% and domestic assaults by 80%.

National Research Council
The Guardian

Studies indicate 25-50 percent of spouses
of problem gamblers have been abused.
• Children of compulsive gamblers are often
prone to suffer abuse, as well as neglect.
• Children of problem gamblers are at a
higher risk of developing health threatening
behaviors, including alcohol and drug abuse,
problem gambling, eating disorders,
depression, and suicide.

Missouri Department of Mental Health

60% of those addicted to gambling
will commit crimes.

California Council on Problem Gambling

63% of gambling addicts
are alcoholics.

California Council on Problem Gambling

“Research shows that if you have a
gambling problem you will likely have
an alcohol problem as well, and a
drug problem. The reverse, however,
is not true.” Alcoholics don’t turn to
gambling, but gamblers turn to alcohol
to relieve mental anguish.

H. Wesley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM

20% of gamblling addicts commit or
attempt suicide.

National Council on Problem Gamblling

"It's got the highest suicide rate of any
addiction," said Marc Lefkowitz,
director of training for the nonprofit
California Council on Problem Gaming

SoCal tribe trains casino workers

Canada has up to 360 suicides a
year by gambling addicts.

Canada Safety Council

Ironically, it's been found that stress-
related illnesses associated with people
with gambling problems, such as
headaches, high blood pressure,
anxiety and depression, also have
been found in family members.

Buffalo News/7.27.03/www.buffalonews.com

The Costs of the Disease Are...
• Family disruption, neglected or abused
children, divorce, impoverishment,
mental breakdown.
• Billions of dollars worth of productivity
lost by business and industry through
absenteeism, wasted time, poor work
performance, theft of materials and accident.
• Criminal acts committed to raise money
in order to continue gambling after heavy
losses and mounting debts. The longer the
disease continues untreated, the greater the
probability of arrest and imprisonment.
• The unabated misery of being in the grips
of an uncontrollable disease, without even
knowing it, thus permitting the disease to
wreck family, career and even life which,
in many cases, ends in suicide.

The Council on Compulsive Gambling
of New Jersey www.800gambler.org

Consulting firm Challenger, Gray &
Christmas Inc. has estimated that
nationwide, $810 million in productivity
will be lost in the week (Super Bowl and
March Madness) before the game.

Bets on the big game are a no-no

The estimated annual cost for problem and
pathological gamblers is $5 billion per year
and an additional $40 billion in lifetime
costs for productivity reductions, social
service, and creditor losses.

Missouri Department of Mental Health

It is estimated that an excess of a trillion
dollars is wagered annually worldwide
on the various forms of gambling.


Americans spend $600 billion a year
gambling, $400 billion a year on food.

States are addicted to gambling

Industry trends suggest that today's "annual
wager" is close to $100 billion. By comparison,
the Iraq war is expected to cost the US
$120 billion this year.

Christian Science Monitor/6.19.06
Gambling: where the money goes

The sum total spent on tickets to all movies,
plays, concerts, and live performances, plus
all sports events, is only about $22 billion
per year. Americans are spending three
times as much on gambling as on all other
kinds of entertainment combined. And it is
a major, major source of pathology."

July,August 2002/Trafficking in Chance

Every day in the United States, slot machines
take in, on average, more than $1 billion in

The Tug of the Newfangled Slot Machines

Legal gambling in the United States is a
$135.9 billion per year business.

Millions addicted to legal gambling

Over $5 billion is gambled illegally on the
Super Bowl.

www.post-gazette.com/1.31.07 Local bookies
could win big with 2007 Super Bowl

Tribal casinos pulled in $22.6 billion in
gambling revenue last year.

www.sfgate.com/7.11.06 Indian casinos
bank another record year of revenues

Internet gambling topped $12 billion in
revenue last year.

Online gambling booms as laws try to catch up