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Teens - Let's talk about Gambling

First let’s talk about what gambling is. Gambling is taking part in any game or activity in which you risk money or a valuable object in order to win money. And for many teens, gambling is just part of life, betting on the outcome of sports games, playing dice or card games for money or even gambling on internet games.   Gambling is every where in your life. Sometimes teens believe it is a good way to make money, if they play long enough they’ll be sure to win This doesn’t happen.

 

Did you know that teens can develop gambling problems. In fact, 10-15% of teens have had a problem and 6% of teens have gone out of control with gambling, until it has become an addiction for them, something they felt they had to do.

Three Important Facts About Gambling

  • Gambling is a game or activity where you risk losing money or something of value in order to win more money.
  • Gambling is not only from playing cards or dice or betting on sports games, if you are betting on something, it’s gambling.
  • Gambling is not a sure way to make money. Playing more and practicing does not improve your chances of winning.

Getting Help

You might be wondering how anyone could get addicted to gambling, but just like drugs or alcohol you can. Gambling addictions can lead to missing school, failing grades, and problems with friends or family. If you or someone you know needs help try talking to your parents, a teacher or school counselor, friends, a community leader, or give us a call (1-800-GAMBLER) its free, its confidential, its available 24/7 and a trained counselor will help you find the best way to get help.

HOW WOULD YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A GAMBLING PROBLEM?

Here are some warning signs! If you answer “YES” to any of these questions, you may have a gambling problem or be at risk for developing one.

  • I’m always or nearly always thinking about gambling.
  • I miss school or don’t go to work because I’m looking to play dice or some other game that involves winning money.
  • I often lose more money than I can afford when I play dice.
  • I have used my savings or money for necessary things like lunch money or book money for gambling.
  • When I lose money, I feel like I have to continue gambling to cover my losses.
  • I’m always anxious about finding a game and I get angry when I lose.
  • I would never tell my parents or friends about how much I am losing when I play dice or doing other gambling
  • I have taken money that doesn’t belong to me so that I can gamble.

If any of these apply to you, you may have a problem and need help.
Start out by giving us a call, 1-800 Gambler. This is a free confidential 24/7 helpline.
We listen, we are not judgmental and we can help.

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The Baltimore Dice Zombies is a Baltimore community based project, collaborating with local Baltimore youth to help educate and promote general awareness about the potential dangers of dice gambling with the Baltimore community.