The North Carolina Problem Gambling Program was established to provide and support effective problem gambling prevention, education, outreach and treatment programs throughout the state. Do you think that you might be a compulsive gambler? Take the Gambler's Anonymous 20-Question quiz to help you decide.
There are many definitions of what people think is "gambling." So what is it, really?
Gambling (or "betting" or gaming") is any behavior that involves the risking of money or valuables on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event. This event or game may be in part or totally dependent upon chance.
Gamblers Anonymous defines gambling as: "Betting or wagering, for self or others, whether for money or not, no matter how slight or insignificant, where the outcome is uncertain or depends upon chance or skill."
For most people, gambling is something done for fun and recreation. One might buy a Powerball ticket, play some Bingo, bet on a sporting event, or play video lottery. The facts are that the majority of North Carolinians gamble with little or no adverse consequences; they are commonly considered "social gamblers."
But for some, gambling becomes a problem--and for some, uncontrollable. Disordered gambling destroys families, friendships, finances and hopes, and for some, even life itself.
Do you know someone who might have a gambling disorder? There is free and confidential help. Call 1-877-718-5543
Draw the line on gambling before the stakes get too high.
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