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Just like with substance use, for some people gambling becomes an addiction; individuals may crave gambling the way some crave alcohol or other substances. An earlier age of onset of gambling behavior is associated with greater risk of developing gambling problems and an increased severity of those problems. In CT, legalization of online betting has been accompanied by an increase in gambling advertisements, which is associated with a greater risk of development of problem gambling behaviors, especially in children, youth, and vulnerable adults. 

Gambling is Linked to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

73% of people with gambling disorders also have alcohol use disorder (1)

96% of people with gambling disorders also have at least one psychiatric disorder (2)

Sources 1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). Gambling Problems: An Introduction for Behavioral Health Services Providers. Advisory, Volume 13, Issue 1. 2. Rash CJ, Weinstock J, Van Patten R. A review of gambling disorder and substance use disorders. Subst Abuse Rehabil. 2016 Mar 17;7:3-13. doi: 10.2147/SAR.S83460. PMID: 27051333; PMCID: PMC4803266.

Let's #MentionPrevention: Problem Gambling

Risk Factors for Development of Problem Gambling

All Ages:
  • Early big win

  • Easy access to gambling

  • Mistaken beliefs about odds of winning

  • Recent loss/change (eg, divorce, job loss, retirement, friend/family death)

  • Financial problems

  • Risk-taking/impulsive behavior

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Alcohol or drug misuse

  • Family history of problem gambling

  • Living near casino (Problem gambling rates double for those living within 50 miles)

Youth Specific:
  • Community norms promoting gambling

  • Availability and access to gambling

  • Parental involvement and attitudes favorable toward gambling

  • Favorable youth attitudes toward gambling

  • Promotion of gambling opportunities

  • Peer networks engage in gambling activities

  • Sensation seeking/poor impulse control

Fact Sheets
(from CT State Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services Problem Gambling Services)

Video Gaming Fact Sheet CT DMHAS PGS
Teens and Gambling Fact Sheet CT DMHAS PGS
Gambling and College Students Fact Sheet CT DMHAS PGS

CCPG is a non-profit agency dedicated to reducing gambling related harm and helping those who may be negatively impacted by gambling. CCPG does not advocate for or against gambling but is committed to working with all stakeholders to help individuals and families who are experiencing issues. CCPG provides Connecticut’s only 24/7 helpline- offering support, resources and referrals through phone, chat and text.

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Geared especially towards young adults, this resource was developed in partnership with the Connecticut Council on Problem Gaming, the gambling industry, the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the CT Lottery. Visit to learn more about warning signs, action steps, and how to get help for problem gaming and gambling.


PGS provides a comprehensive network of consumer-oriented problem gambling recovery services for people of Connecticut and fosters an environment throughout the State that promotes informed choices around gambling behavior. PGS oversees state contracts for prevention, treatment, and integrated services.

CT Resources

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