Effects of Problem Gambling
- Those impacted by gambling problems may resort to criminal activity to pay gambling debts, or to fund gambling. In many situations, these crimes are often non-violent, or “white collar” crimes, and may include writing bad checks, forgery, credit card fraud, theft, embezzlement or tax related crimes.
- Depression is one of the most common co-occurring disorders among those experiencing gambling related problems, presented by very high percentages of those being diagnosed.
- Very high rates of suicide ideation and attempt are present among those with gambling problems. Research suggests as many as 20% have made suicide attempts.
- Children of those with gambling problems may be victims of abuse and neglect as a result of their parents gambling.
- Studies also indicate adolescents whose parents gamble excessively have higher rates of gambling and participation in other high risk behaviors.
- Research also indicates higher rates of abuse among the spouses of problem gamblers.