NCPG report casts light on problem gambling

The research is believed to be the largest yet in the US.
The research is believed to be the largest yet in the US.

A report from the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) reveals detailed information about gambling habits in the US.

US.- The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has released its National Detailed Report and State Detailed Reports as a follow up to The National Survey of Gambling Attitudes and Gambling Experiences (NGAGE) 1.0, casting light on problem gambling and gamblers’ habits.

Among its findings, the report indicates that sports bettors exhibit far more “problematic play” indicators than non-sports bettors, including “lying to hide gambling” and a reliance on others to pay debts or bills.

It also found that younger players (under age 35) appeared to be at higher risk of gambling problems.

Executive director Keith Whyte said: “We hope the new reports spur the public and private sectors to redouble their efforts to implement policies and allocate resources to create a safer gambling environment, as well as assist those who show signs of gambling addiction or are in recovery. 

“While organizations like the National Council on Problem Gambling will use this data to help make those goals a reality, any entity that interacts with the gambling industry will benefit from better understanding public sentiment about gambling as America undergoes an unprecedented amount of gambling expansion, especially sports betting.”

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The National Detailed and State Detailed Reports from NGAGE 1.0 constitute NCPG’s largest research project to date, with more than 28,000 respondents. They are most likely the largest public survey of gambling attitudes in US history and include over 170 charts with detailed data points and summary segmentation analysis.

“NCPG is to be commended for undertaking this enormous research project,” said Robert Jacobson, president of the NCPG board of directors and executive director of the California Council on Problem Gambling

He added: “There is no need to make assumptions or rely on much smaller studies anymore. The State Reports are especially important – whether you are an operator, regulator or health provider – since all decision-making for the gambling industry resides at the state level, and health providers address local needs.”

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