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What is Problem Gambling?
Problem gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. The term "Problem Gambling" includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as "Pathological", or "Compulsive" Gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, "chasing" losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.
Our Purpose and Mission:
The Mission of the National Council on Problem Gambling is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.
Please Click Here to view our 2013 Goals.
Guide For Users:
Go to the Problem Gamblers section for information and referral resources, frequently asked questions, self assessment tools, state by state help, directories of counselors and treatment centers.
Go to the About NCPG for information on the Board of Directors, staff, committees, conferences, programs, goals, annual reports and tax returns.
Go to the Public Awareness section for NCPG press releases, reports, literature, prevention and education tools, as well as first person stories of problem gambling and recovery.
Go to the Counselors section for the National Certified Gambling Counselor application, exam information and an online searchable directory. Questions can be sent to NCGC@ncpgambling.org
Strikes! for Responsible Gaming event tonight (April 30) 6:30pm - 8:30pm for attendees of La Fleur's Lottery Symposium in DC. Buy your tickets here or at the door and come enjoy a fun evening with food, music and networking! Bowling optional, but the winning team will receive a special trophy - and bragging rights! See you at Lucky Strike Lanes, 701 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Your gift of $10, $26 for 26 conferences or $40 for 40 years of service will help NCPG be your voice to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and encourage research and programs for prevention and education. No gift is too small and all gifts are welcome – together we can help reduce the negative outcomes for people who get caught up in this devastating disorder.
When giving a lottery ticket as a holiday gift, please keep in mind the recipient’s age. The National Council on Problem Gambling and McGill University partner with lotteries worldwide on our annual Holiday Lottery Campaign to discourage lottery gifts for minors. Results from recent studies show a growing number of high school students reportedly receive one or more lottery tickets or scratch cards as gifts. Strong evidence suggests that 70-80 per cent of adolescents have gambled for money in the past year and approximately 30 per cent are doing so on a weekly basis. Current problem gamblers report beginning to gamble during childhood, between the ages of 9 or 10.
View the PSA "Sounds" that was developed by the Vermont Council on Problem Gambling and the Vermont Lottery.
NCPG Announces new members and officers of the Board of Directors. On July 12, 2012, members of the National Council on Problem Gambling elected five people to the Board of Directors.
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