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Problem gambling by the numbers

Published: August 17, 2020

Even those who recognize that problem gambling impacts millions of people may not realize how widespread and damaging problem gambling can be. Take a look at these stats and figures about problem gambling in Ohio and across the United States:


  • 8-10 million adults are problem gamblers in the United States.
  • 76,379 Ohio adults are high-risk problem gamblers.
  • 919,000+ Ohioans are at risk for problem gambling.
  • 25% of compulsive gamblers are women.

Risk factors and coinciding issues:

  • 73% of those with gambling addictions have an alcohol disorder.
  • 50% of those with gambling addictions have had a mood disorder, most commonly depression.
  • 34% of problem gamblers suffer from PTSD.
  • 26% of adults with serious depression are at risk of problem gambling in Ohio.
  • 1 of 4 at-risk or problem gamblers have someone in their families who has/had a gambling problem.

Negative outcomes:

  • $100+ billion is lost in the US every year to gambling.
  • $7 billion in social costs (including gambling-related criminal justice and healthcare spending, bankruptcy and more) are incurred in the US each year due to problem gambling.
  • 38% of those struggling with gambling addiction consider committing suicide.
  • 25-50% of spouses of compulsive gamblers have been abused.


  • 14,300+ people were treated for problem gambling in the US in 2016.
  • 5,523 Ohioans called the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline in 2018.
  • 54% of those callers reached out due to financial problems.
  • 1,252 Ohioans were treated for gambling disorder in 2018.
  • 80% of gambling addicts never seek treatment.

Youth gambling:

  • 60-80% of high school students report having gambled for money during the past year.
  • 4-7% of teens display gambling problems in the US.
  • 15% of Ohio youth ages 12-17 are gambling, and 3% of them are experiencing negative consequences from gambling.

For more information on problem gambling and access to treatment services, visit the Ohio for Responsible Gambling website.

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