Most young people don’t think of themselves as gamblers. After all, they don’t gamble at casinos, bars, or racetracks the way adults do. Yet most of today’s teens have been gambling for years.
Gambling is risking money or something else of value on an activity that has an uncertain outcome. That can mean a lot of things. Playing cards or videogames for money, buying raffle tickets, betting on who’s going to win a pool match, or betting your favourite CD on an NHL game—it’s all gambling.
Here are some facts and figures about teens and gambling in Alberta, taken from a 2008 survey of students in Grades 7 to 12:
Often, teens with gambling problems have troubles in other areas of their lives that they need to sort out, such as feeling lonely or arguing a lot with their parents.
If you are worried that you or someone you know may be having problems with gambling we’re here to help. Our addiction treatment services are voluntary and confidential. For more information and to find an addiction services office near you, please call the
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Current as of: April 11, 2019
Author: Addiction and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services
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