What is Problem Gambling?

  • According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, the term "problem gambling" refers to the urge to gamble, despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. This definition may also include the condition known as "gambling disorder,” a progressive addiction whereby a person gambles compulsively to such an extent that the activity has a severe negative effect on his/ her job, relationships, mental health and/or other important aspects of life. People who suffer from gambling disorder may continue to gamble even after they have developed social, economic, interpersonal or legal problems as a result of the gambling.

  • Gambling in the state of Ohio is more available, accessible, and acceptable than ever before.  This means more people are gambling which can increase the number of individuals who develop a problem with gambling.  Since the legalization of sports betting in the state of Ohio, the calls to the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-589-9966) increased by 55%.

  • The 2022 Ohio Gambling Survey results indicated that nearly 1 out of 5 Ohioans are at risk for problem gambling. This data further demonstrated that those who meet diagnostic criteria for a Gambling Disorder have more than tripled since 2017.   In examining county specific data, 20.2% of residents in Trumbull County are at risk for problem gambling.  The most common forms of gambling in Trumbull County are lottery and sports betting.  From this data we also know that minority populations and young adults are at a higher risk for problem gambling compared to the general adult population.

  • To assess your gambling risk, take the quiz: Rate Your Risk - Pause Before You Play