Increased Risks for Youth

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Problem Gamblers often start off innocently enough.  Perhaps the gambler bet on who could throw a football the farthest or run the fastest. Most of the time, these bets are innocent fun… but they can lead to problems down the road.

As a gambling problem develops for young adults, they may find themselves feeling out of control and/or unable to pay their debts. These feelings can lead to higher rates of:

  • Crime (theft, robbery, embezzlement)
  • School problems (lower grades, truancy, behavior issues)
  • Family problems (withdrawal, behavior issues)
  • Peer relationship problems
  • Legal and money troubles
  • Depression; suicidal thoughts and attempts
  • Dissociative, “escape” behaviors
  • Risk for co-occurring addiction(s), including alcohol and substance abuse1

 

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