How many people gamble?
According to a 2003 Washington State Needs Assessment Household Survery, 54% of adults gambled during
the previous year. Most of those adults were able to gamble responsibly, which means they could set loss limits
ahead of time and stick with them.
How many are problem gamblers?
According to the 2004 Washington State Council on Problem Gambling DASA Pilot Study, approximately 7.2% of Washington gamblers reported having one or more signs of problem gambling.
Types of Gamblers
Most Gamblers are social gamblers. They are able to decide on a loss limit ahead of time and stick to it.
Serious Social Gambler
These gamblers gamble regularly but they are able to quit without showing signs of withdrawal or irritability.
This can mean people who fit certain characteristics. For instance, studies show that adolescent boys who cut school or smoke cigarettes have a high incidence of gambling behaviors. They are "at risk" for gambling problems because others with similar characteristics gamble at a higher rate than that of the general population.
A person who is experiencing problems because of gambling that's effecting finances, life-style, family, marriage, work and significant others.
A person who knows they have problems related to gambling that effect many areas of their lives yet do not curb the urge or the impulse and gamble anyway.
Consistently do 5 of the following 10 behaviors:
1. Are preoccupied with gambling
2. Increase the amount of money they gamble
3. Have unsuccessfully tried several times to quit
4. Are irritable when they try to quit
5. Use gambling to escape problems
6. Try to win back losses
7. Lie to conceal gambling
8. Commit illegal acts to finance gambling
9. Risk losing significant others or job to gamble
10. Rely on others to finance their gambling