With the recent release of a new study conducted by the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions, the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) is once again urging New York State lawmakers to consider enacting a dedicated problem gambling funding stream.

John Welte, national expert on alcohol and gambling pathology, published findings of this research in the Journal of Gambling Studies. These findings show that after age 21, problem gambling is considerably more common among U.S. adults than alcohol dependence. They also reveal that gambling, frequent gambling and problem gambling increase in frequency during the teen years, and reach their highest levels in the 20s and 30s. Moreover, the University at Buffalo’s research shows that gambling is twice as great among men (28 percent) as among women (13 percent) with men reaching their highest rates during their late teens. And, notes that Americans are using gambling as a way to make money.

  “This research clearly demonstrates that increased prevention, treatment and recovery efforts are needed,” said James Maney, NYCPG Executive Director.

 “Approximately, one million New Yorkers have a gambling problem. In 2010-2011, state-sponsored gambling generated approximately $3.1 billion in revenues for New York,” said Maney. “That means $205 lost for every adult. We appeal to New York State Lawmakers to provide at least one-half of one percent of these gambling revenues, that’s about 79 cents for each New Yorker.”

Maney concluded, “New York is the only state without dedicated funding from gambling revenues for problem gambling services. Dedicated funding for problem gambling prevention, treatment, education, research and recovery is critical in mitigating these alarming statistics. It is vital that New York lawmakers lead the way in assisting individuals that have been adversely impacted by problem gambling.”

 If you are the friend or family member of someone in need of a problem gambling addiction services, please call the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day a week HOPEline, 1-877-8-HOPENY.