Facts

+ 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.

Safety Tips

+ 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.

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