Youth Gambling Facts

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Things Youth Should Know:

  • Both boys and girls can develop gambling problems1
  • The feelings to win are potentially addictive1
  • Pathological gambling is a disorder similar in many ways to alcohol and drug addiction1
  • Most youth do not gamble on a regular basis1
  • Many problem gamblers started gambling before 8th grade (“early initiation”)2
  • Youth gamblers are four times as likely to be problem gamblers.2
  • Gambling (“Betting”) sometimes starts when playing sports for school (competition)2
  • Gambling in California is illegal for anyone under 18

 

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