Nevada Still Has Highest Gambling Addiction Problem in U.S.
The problem of gambling addiction is a more than just a social problem but is also a major concern for casino operators. Contrary to popular belief all reputable casinos do not want to see people losing control over their spending habits and would rather see increased numbers of players wagering within their means.
The expansion of online gambling in the U.S. beyond the current three states is largely dependent on gambling proponents convincing the legislators that gambling addiction will remain a manageable problem and not become the norm if and when more online and regular casino gambling is permitted in their states.
A study by financial fitness firm Wallethub gives some interesting insights to the scope of gambling addiction in the U.S. Worthwhile remembering that according to the National Council on problem Gambling, compulsive gambling addictions cost over $6 billion a year with the average male gambler addict accumulating debts of between $50,000 and $90,000. Females are a lot less with average debts of $15,000.
According to the latest Study Nevada once again remains the most gambling addicted state. Second place was South Dakota. What is most interesting is that Hawaii ranked 39th on the overall addiction chart despite the fact that they along with Utah are the only two states where all forms of gambling are illegal. On the other side of the spectrum is the state of Florida which has the lowest percentage of adults that were diagnosed with gambling addiction disorder.
The rankings of the study are based on the availability of gambling options and the number of residents seeking treatment for gambling disorders.