For further information, contact:
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, Inc.
Donald F. Weinbaum, Executive Director at
ADDRESSING GAMBLING PROBLEM CAN MAKE YOU A WINNER
In excess of 90 million dollars is expected to be bet on the Super Bowl in Las Vegas this year. The total amount bet, including illegal wagers, could be over $8 billion. The presence of the Giants may bring out more New Jersey sports betters than ever. Most will be social gamblers, supporting their team, but 5% are problem or compulsive gamblers. The Super Bowl is the last bet of the football season, the last chance to get even.
Compulsive gambling is an addiction, akin to alcohol or drugs. More importantly, it is a treatable disorder. According to Donald Weinbaum, Executive Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, “Having a gambling problem was once seen as a vice or sin or moral weakness, but recent research looks at compulsive gambling as a brain disorder. This may encourage individuals to seek help and realize they can get well.”
Signs of a gambling problem include:
· Preoccupation with gambling
· Betting increases over time
· Unsuccessful efforts to quit or stop
· Irritable or restless when not gambling
· Lies to loved ones about gambling
· Borrowing money from others
Help is available for gamblers and their loved ones. Call 1-800-GAMBLER - 7 days a week, 24 hours a day - for caring sympathetic advice and referrals to treatment or Gamblers Anonymous. Help can be as close as a phone call away. You can be a winner, just like the Giants.
About The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, Inc.:
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. is a private non-profit organization that provides information, education and referral services for people affected by a gambling problem. The Council’s mission is to educate the public to the fact that compulsive gambling is a treatable illness.
The Council’s 1-800-GAMBLER® Helpline and website www.800gambler.org have been resources for thousands of people who are compulsive gamblers and recovering from compulsive gambling, as well as their friends and families.