Problem gambling has had the following negative impact on Wisconsin communities and its residents:
- Approximately 333,000 Wisconsin residents have a gambling problem.
- Calls to the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling’s 24-hour Helpline have increased 329% since 1996.
- The 24-hour Helpline received 14,731 calls in 2014.
- The average debt of callers contacting the Helpline is $46,967.
- Female gamblers calling the Helpline have increased 91% since 1996.
- Seniors and adolescents are at high risk to become addicted to gambling.
Gambling related embezzlements continue to rise in Wisconsin:
- 65% of compulsive gamblers commit crimes to finance their gambling.
- Six to twenty percent of adolescents develop gambling problems.
- Suicide rates are 20 times higher among pathological gamblers compared to non-gamblers.
- People who have other addictions are at a higher risk of becoming addicted to gambling.
Women, children and older adults are among the highest risk groups (read more here).
Source: Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling’s Fact Sheet.