9 MAJOR CONSEQUENCES OF YOUTH PROBLEM GAMBLING

FACT: Now of the 17+million problem gamblers in just the US alone? Half this number is now Teens & College youth. This article shares how youth is now being touched by addicted gambling …

Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author

TEENS AND THEIR FRUIT MACHINES

It can be a ‘hidden addiction’ when it comes to youth. You cannot see it in their eyes, or smell it in their breath and there are no scars on their body.

However, problem gambling can be seen as the ‘gate way’ to several high-risk behaviors and problems. Gambling is a serious addiction and has damaging effects on not only the victim, but also their family and friends.

With all of the statistics telling us how many young individuals are affected by this addiction, it’s important to recognise the consequences and problems they face from gambling.

Teens who gamble have higher rates of:

  1. Bankruptcy/ money problems

An average problem gambler in Australia loses around $21, 000 per year. Some poker machines can allow a gambler to lose more than $1, 500 in just one hour. In Australia, young people (18-24 years old) spend more money on poker machines than any…

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