Do Your Part to Play Responsibly

A person gambles when they take part in an activity that risks something of value – usually money — for the chance that they may win something. The best way to avoid the risks of gaming and gambling is to not play at all. But if you’re going to play, there are ways you can play safe, like creating a spending plan.

People can experience issues with gambling just like they can with substance use.

Access resources and learn more about warning signs, action steps, and how to get someone help.

Gambling is Common on Campus

Even though you may see it and think about playing, know that there is always risk in gaming and gambling.

3 out of 4 college students gambled in the past year 1

Gamble weekly or more 1
Experience problem gambling 2
Sources 1. Barnes GM, Welte JW, Ho_man JH, Tidwell M-CO. Comparisons of gambling and alcohol use among college students and noncollege young people in the United States. Am Coll Health. 2010;58(5):443-452.
2. Nowak, D.E. A Meta-analytical Synthesis and Examination of Pathological and Problem Gambling Rates and Associated Moderators Among College Students. 1987-2016. Gambl Stud. 2018:34:465-498.

Gambling is Linked to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Nicotine dependence
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Suicide risk


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