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Gambling and Students

Gambling and College students

Gambling among college students is on the rise and college students often develop gambling problems at about twice the rate of other adults.

An estimated 4-8 percent of college students are classified as problem gamblers and about 10-14 percent are at risk for developing a gambling problem

Warning signs of Problem Gambling

  • Frequent unexplained absences from school or work
  • Sudden drop in grades
  • Withdraw from friends and family
  • Talking about winning more and trying to hide gambling losses
  • Lies about engaging in gambling behavior
  • gambling to escape worries and other problems
  • Unexplained debt

Tips for Safer Gambling

If you choose to gamble, it is important to do so in a healthy manner and in  moderation. Here are some tips to make sure that any gambling remains a recreational activity, and does not lead to greater problems.

  • Always gamble with others and not alone
  • Set limits on how long and how often you gamble
  • Treat the money you gamble with as a cost of entertainment
  • Only gamble when you can afford to lose
  • Avoid Chasing losses, know when to walk away

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