Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Gambling By Teens Climbing

Most people consider poker gambling a diversion for most teenagers. But, gambling of any sort can bring on gambling addiction. And, teenagers do not recognize the warning signs.

"But for that small percentage, which is comparable to the percentage that develops serious drug problems — (gambling addiction) is a life-threatening disorder." She says about one-fourth of people in compulsive-gambling treatment programs attempt suicide.
Studies have shown nearly 4 percent of teens are pathological, or compulsive, gamblers. Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania has tracked teen gambling for years, and, in a report they released, they say 80% of those teens gambling are males.

Here are warning signs that a teen's gambling has become a problem.

  • Spending undue amounts of time gambling.

  • Withdrawing from friends and family.
  • Losing interest in other activities.

  • Having less (or more) money than normal.

  • Becoming secretive

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    1 Comment:

    Anonymous said...

    I really must disagree. Teens may be gambling amongst themselves, but they aren't doing it legally.