Infographic: Gambling Addiction – A Losing Bet

This infographic discusses the problem of gambling addiction, providing a variety of statistics from the National Council on Problem Gambling and a University of New York study on gambling addiction. It states that over 48 states have some form of legalized gambling and that Americans lose over 100 billion dollars per year to gambling. The data it presents becomes even more alarming from there; it reports that 20% of gambling addicts attempt suicide, 75% have alcohol abuse problems, and 40% have problems with drugs. This infographic also lists a number of other problems linked to gambling addiction, including: divorce, bankruptcy, homelessness, incarceration, and depression. Without treatment, the 3-5% of Americans with a gambling addiction face long odds for a happy and healthy life.