450,000 Texans Have A Gambling Problem
About 1 percent of the adult population in the U.S. has a severe gambling addiction, according to the National Center for Responsible Gaming. A 2016 Census Bureau estimate found that 2.2 percent of Texas adults are believed to have manifested a gambling problem.
The American Psychiatric Association refers to the addiction as "gambling disorder," characterized by "persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior" that can lead to significant impairment or distress.
Also referred to as "compulsive gambling," the condition can lead to disruption in all aspects of person's life, including family, finances and work. In 2016, approximately $5.1 billion was spent on legalized gambling in Texas.
What counts as gambling and when does it become concerning behavior? Does technology play a role in this kind of addiction?
What should you do if you suspect you or someone you love might have a gambling problem?
- Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling
- Arnie Wexler, co-author of "All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction"
- Lia Nower, professor and director of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University