+ Almost 90% of adults in Maryland gamble.
+ Gamblers don't feel "addicted". They may not realize they have a problem.
+ In Maryland, gambling is a serious problem for 150,000 adults and 50,000 teens.
+ Living close to a casino may increase your risk of becoming a problem gambler.
+ Anyone who gambles can develop a gambling problem if they are not aware of the risks.
+ Gambling has the same effect on a problem gambler that alcohol has on an alcoholic.
+ Problem gamblers are more at risk for developing other addictions, such as drugs or alcohol.
+ Everyone rich, poor, young, old, men and women can be at risk.
+ Children can become problem gamblers, participating in online and/or sports gambling.
+ Children who are involved in gambling are more likely to develop gambling related problems as adults.
+ The social cost of problem gambling is at least $6 billion per year.
+ Problem gambling often leads to financial devastation, poor health, substance abuse, depression and suicidal behavior.
+ Problem gambling contributes to domestic violence and child abuse.
+ Always set a limit, and stick to it.
+ If you're going to the casino, go with a friend. Friends don't let friends gamble more than they can afford to lose.
+ Remember, gambling is a risk. Winning is not a sure thing.
+ Never take a credit card, debit card, or check book to a casino.
+ Pay your bills first, only gamble with money you can afford to lose.
+ Remember gambling is a risk
+ Never borrow money to gamble.
+ Don't let gambling control your life.