National Problem Gambling Awareness Month (NPGAM)

Gambling may be just a game, but for some, it’s much more. It’s an addiction.

It may not seem like a startling statistic, but “research finds that 2%-3% of the population,” about 6-9 million Americans, “will have a gambling problem in any given year.” (

That’s why The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is raising awareness for problem gambling this March with National Problem Gambling Awareness Month (NPGAM).

NPGAWLogo_2014Originally one week long to coincide with March Madness (one of the most widely bet upon events in the U.S.), NPGAM aims to educate the public and healthcare professionals about the dangers of gambling.

Navigate Problem Gambling

“Navigate Problem Gambling,” the 2014 theme, could not be more appropriate. Along with the fact sheets, ads, and other materials provided by NCPG, DePaul’s National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence- Rochester Area (NCADD-RA) and the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) offers free tool kits, infographics and ads:

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Problem Gambling Fact Sheet


Problem Gambling Fact Sheet in Spanish


Recognize the signs of problem gambling Copy

NCADD-RA and NYCPG will co-sponsor “Problem Gambling: Focus on Social Media Gambling and VLTs” on April 9, 2014 at Mario’s Restaurant & Catering in Rochester, NY (register here).

Guest speaker Jeffery L. Derevensky, Ph.D. will present “Internet and Social Media Gaming/Gambling” and “Perspectives on Teen Risky Behaviors: Is Gambling Perceived to be Risky?” Guest speaker Natasha Dow Schüll, Ph.D will present “Problem Gambling: Addiction by Design?”

For more information on the Problem Gambling Prevention Program, please contact Jennifer Faringer, NCADD-RA Director, at (585) 719-3480 or

2 comments on “National Problem Gambling Awareness Month (NPGAM)

  1. richardmax22 says:

    I personally know two people who are problem gamblers. Hey, I love to gamble as well as the next guy. But what separates me from it being a problem is I look at it as entertainment with a set limit. And that set limit is what I'm willing to pay for the entertainment. And If I make a buck or two, great! Problem gamblers don't.

    1. depaulorg says:

      So true, Richard. The entertainment with a set limit idea is key. Thanks for comment!

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