The following is a guest blog by Heather Eshleman, M.P.H., Prevention Manager, Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling.
Gambling is defined as “the risking by any person of something of value upon the outcome of a contest, a sporting event, or a game subject to chance, upon an agreement that the person will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome” (Legal Information Institute, 2006). Common types of gambling are playing the lottery, scratch off lottery tickets, gambling at casinos, playing bingo, dice games, betting on sports, keno, and on-line gambling.
For 98% of the population, gambling can be fun and safe. But for some, gambling can become a problem and even an addiction. Approximately 2% of those who gamble experience problems due to their gambling behavior and may be diagnosed with a gambling use disorder (Tracy, J.K., 2017).
To keep gambling mentally and financially healthy always gamble at "low risk":
Resources are available for those who need help with problem gambling:
NO COST TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE TO PROBLEM GAMBLERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND. TO FIND A COUNSELOR NEAR YOU, VISIT www.HELPMYGAMBLINGPROBLEM.org OR CALL THE MARYLAND PROBLEM GAMBLING HELPLINE 1-800-GAMBLER.
For additional information, contact Heather Eshleman, M.P.H., Prevention Manager, Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, 667-214-2128 or email email@example.com .
Cornell Law School, Legal Information Institute. http://law.cornell.edu/nscode/text/31/5362
The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (2019). Safe Gambling Tips and videos. http://helpmygamblingproblem.org/ safe-gambling-tips/
Tracy, J.K. (2017). Statewide Gambling Prevalence in Maryland: 2017.
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