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According to a survey conducted by The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), younger Americans are especially vulnerable to gambling-related injury, with half of those under the age of 35 responding “yes” to at least one question indicating a risk of problem gambling.
After the National Gambling Impact Study Commission in 1999, the National Survey of Gambling Attitudes and Gambling Experiences (NGAGE) is the first national research report on gambling attitudes.
The study draws attention to the ongoing concerns with underage adults and problem gambling. Just 10 percent of over 65s polled answered “yes” to at least one of four questions suggesting a risk of problem gambling, opposed to half of under 35s who chose “yes” to at least one of four questions indicating a risk of problem gambling.
Gambling laws having little effect on patterns
Gambling laws have also been seen to have little effect on gambling patterns. In Hawaii and Utah, where all forms of legal gaming are banned, more than half of adults registered gambling activity in the previous year. In addition, one in every five Americans confessed to making a sports wager in the previous year, ignoring the fact that sports betting was legal in just two states at the time of the study.
Sports betting has already been described as a high-risk practise. Sports bettors are more than three times as likely as non-sports bettors to experience problem gambling activity, according to the poll. When sports betting is conducted on a weekly basis, this becomes five times more likely.
Meanwhile, the study reported that gambling is a common pastime in the United States, with three out of every four adults having gambled in the year prior to the survey. Just 12 percent of those polled said they had never gambled before.
The survey’s findings have revealed that the majority of Americans who bet do so without experiencing any unpleasant consequences. 70 percent of gamblers claimed they had never participated in any of the survey’s potentially dangerous gambling habits, such as having to gamble more for the same feeling or lying about gambling, while 7 percent said they had engaged in one of these gambling behaviours “many times.”