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New Ohio Survey Finds Problem Gambling Rate Has Tripled Since 2012

Published: January 1, 2024

Every five years, Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) releases data from a study to look into the gambling behaviors of Ohioans to help build awareness and implement prevention strategies. According to the 2022 Ohio Gambling Survey, and similar to surveys in other states, problem gambling is at an all-time high. Ohio State CHRR conducted the survey with the support of ORG before sports betting was legalized in January of 2023. 

The study found that 82.9 percent of Ohio adults participated in some form of betting compared to 74.9 percent in 2017. It also found that one in five Ohioans can be categorized as low-risk, moderate-risk, or problem gamblers.

With this in mind, there’s never been a more important time to learn about the risk factors of a problem with gambling or betting, along with some of the common signs that a hobby or pastime has turned into a potential problem. 

Nationwide, who’s at an increased risk for problem gambling?  

  • Men ages 18-44
  • Women ages 50+
  • Teenagers
  • Family members of individuals struggling with problem gambling
  • Minorities
  • Children
  • People not in a relationship

Recognizing the signs of problem gambling is an important way to keep gambling responsible or know when it might be time to get help for yourself or someone you know.

The signs of a potential problem include: 

  • Borrowing money for gambling or betting
  • Withdrawing from relationships or hobbies
  • Feeling restless or irritable when not gambling or betting
  • Spending a lot of time gambling, thinking about, or planning to gamble or bet
  • Exaggerating wins and minimizing losses

If you are concerned about your gambling or betting habits or those of someone in your life, do not hesitate to call Ohio’s Problem Gambling Helpline. Calls are answered 24/7 by trained and understanding specialists who can offer free, non-judgmental, and confidential support. Call 1-800-589-9966 or text 4HOPE to 741741.

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