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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What exactly is "problem gambling"?
  2. How extensive is problem gambling and what are the consequences?
  3. What is Responsiblegaming.com?
  4. How will Responsiblegaming.com help?
  5. Is Responsiblegaming.com anti-gambling or anti-gaming?
  6. What is the your "program" and why has it been created?
  7. Why should a gaming industry company become a Partner or Sponsor?
  8. How can I contact Responsiblegaming.com?
  9. How does Responsiblegaming.com directly affect gamblers?
  10. If I gamble a lot does it indicate that I am a compulsive gambler?
  11. Who is likely to become a compulsive gambler?
  12. What does the self-administered gambling questionnaire do?
  13. If I think I have a gambling problem, is there someone I can call for assistance?
  14. As an interested gaming company, how do I get started with your program?

Q. What exactly is "problem gambling"?

A. "Problem Gambling" is the term used to describe gambling behavior, which causes disruption in any important life function, whether psychological, physical, social or vocational. This term is generally accepted to include, but is not limited to "Pathological", a.k.a., "Compulsive" gambling. Compulsive Gambling is a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop gambling, "chasing" losses, and loss of control by continuing negative gambling behavior, regardless of the disruption and serious consequences of such behavior.

Q. How extensive is problem gambling and what are the consequences? Back to top

A. A research study was done in the late 1990's by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, in collaboration with three other research groups, on behalf of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission. The research group reported that:

" Based upon criteria developed by the American Psychiatric Association, we estimate that about 2.5 million adults are pathological gamblers and another 3 million adults should be considered problem gamblers. Extending these criteria more broadly, 15 million (American) adults are at risk for problem gambling, and about 148 million are low-risk gamblers (about 129 million adults have never gambled)."

"....Pathological and problem gamblers are more likely than other gamblers or non-gamblers to have been on welfare, declared bankruptcy, and to have been arrested or incarcerated."

".... Pathological and problem gamblers in the United States cost society approximately $5 billion per year and an additional $40 billion in lifetime costs for productivity reductions, social services, and creditor losses. However, these calculations are inadequate to capture the intra-familial costs of divorce and family disruption associated with problem and pathological gambling."

Q. What is Responsiblegaming.com? Back to top

A. Responsiblegaming.com is a Web-enabled information source that intends to be the world's leading provider of technology-based products and services that help people establish and maintain a responsible approach to gaming. Our ultimate goal is to minimize the harm associated with all types of problem gambling by helping people to identify their gambling issues, susceptibilities to developing problems, and educating them about gaming. We work closely with conscientious gaming companies who are taking positive action to control the number and severity of gambling problems.

Q. How will Responsiblegaming.com help? Back to top

A. Responsiblegaming.com makes people more aware of issues associated with problem gambling. It provides products that are effective in preventing people from developing problems, plus makes more resources, information and quality products readily available.

Q. Is Responsiblegaming.com anti-gambling or anti-gaming? Back to top

A. No. Responsiblegaming.com is neither anti-gambling nor pro-gambling. We are concerned with a segment of those who gamble, who become afflicted with problems themselves, or cause social and economic problems for others, due to gambling abuses or addiction. One of our objectives is to assist in educating and raising awareness of these issues, and to help abate them through making more resources, information and quality products readily available.

Q. What is your "program" and why has it been created? Back to top

A. Our program is the body of effort and vehicle by which responsible and safe gaming products and services are developed and made known. Responsiblegaming.com provides the Internet platform that allows the public and the gaming industry universal access to easy and effective solutions to problem gambling.

Q. Why should a gaming industry company become a Partner or Sponsor? Back to top

A. Through use of our products and endorsement of our efforts, gaming operators demonstrate that they are concerned about problem gambling and are committed to taking concrete action to address the problem. The program provides excellent products that are universally available to address the issues in an objective and effective manner.
For more information, contact Webmaster@Responsiblegaming.com.

Q. How can I contact Responsiblegaming.com? Back to top

A. You may contact us at the e-mail shown below. Just click on the name to send an e-mail.

E-mail: Responsiblegaming.com

Q. How does Responsiblegaming.com directly affect gamblers? Back to top

A. Its products and services can educate new gamblers about their current gambling behavior and personal correlates (a.k.a. risk factors) associated with gambling and can help experienced gamblers self-identify their problems and find help. The program reduces the human costs associated with problem gambling.

Q. If I gamble a lot does it indicate that I am a compulsive gambler? Back to top

A. Not necessarily. Many people who gamble frequently are simply people who enjoy gambling as entertainment. Responsiblegaming.com will soon provide tools that allows these people set aside a predetermined amount of money for gambling, gamble for fun rather than for the "certainty" of winning, recognize that they are likely to lose, and don't bet more than they can afford to lose. It's also possible to have gambling problems without being a compulsive gambler -- someone can go out and lose a lot of money at a casino after being denied a promotion, for example. Often this sort of problem resolves itself without professional intervention.

Q. Who is likely to become compulsive gambler? Back to top

A. Compulsive gamblers can be male, female, young, middle-aged, old, wealthy, poor, white, or people of color. Recently, the National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago study completed the first-ever national (U.S.) survey on problem gambling prevalence. The study found that young adults, ethnic minorities, and people with little education were slightly more likely to have serious gambling problems, but the differences were not very significant.

Q. What does the self-administered gambling questionnaire do? Back to top

A. Our questionnaire is an Internet-based tool that allows players (a) to assess the severity of their current gambling behavior and (b) understand their personal risks for developing a gambling problem. It provides immediate feedback to participants.

Q. If I think I have a problem, is there someone I can call for assistance? Back to top

A. Yes. If you feel you need to talk to someone immediately, we suggest you call the appropriate 24-hour Help Line. If you are seeking a counselor, click on the following: List of Counselors.

Q. How can an interested gaming company get started with your program? Back to top

A. Just click on the following link: Join Our Program

 

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