Gambling and College Students

Gambling among college students is on the rise. College students often develop gambling problems at about twice the rate of other adults. An estimated 4 to 8 percent of college students are classified as problem gamblers and about 10 to 14 percent are at risk for developing a gambling problem.

Warning Signs of Problem Gambling

  • Frequent unexplained absences from school or work
  • Sudden drop in grades
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Talking about winning more and trying to hide gambling losses
  • Lies about engaging in gambling behavior
  • Uses gambling to escape worries and other problems
  • Accumulates unexplained debt

Tips for Safer Gambling

If you choose to gamble, it is important to do so in a healthy manner and in  moderation. Here are some tips to make sure that any gambling remains a recreational activity, and does not lead to greater problems:

  • Always gamble with others, not alone
  • Set limits on how long and how often you gamble
  • Treat the money you gamble with as a cost of entertainment
  • Only gamble when you can afford to lose
  • Avoid chasing losses, and know when to walk away

If you are concerned about your gambling, take a brief self assessment.