Issues with gambling are becoming increasingly common in the United States, especially among college students. Statistics vary, but studies show that approximately 25% of college men gambled each week in 2005. It is also estimated that 10% of college students (18-24) can be considered problem gamblers and have experienced negative consequences as a result of gambling.
Students may choose to gamble for a number of reasons, including relieving stress, to make money, for entertainment, to add excitement to sporting events, and more. College students currently have the highest prevalence rate of compulsive gamblers. There are many signs of a gambling addiction; these may vary person to person. These include:
- A sudden drop in grades
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Loss of interest in non-gambling activities
- Neglects personal hygiene
- Frequently misses work or class
- Changes in behavior
If you are a UK student and you think that you or a friend may have a gambling addiction or other gambling issues, you can contact the Counseling Center at 859-257-8701 or UHS Behavioral Health 859-323-5511 for information on coping with your addiction.