The act of risking money, property or something of value on an activity with an uncertain outcome.
So far, in your lifetime, gambling has always been legal - for adults. Gambling has become a normal part of life, socially acceptable in society. For many types of gambling part of the money raised goes to support charity and schools. Many people can gamble responsibly and not develop for problems. For some people, gambling can develop into a problem. For young people, problem gambling can lead to many problems including:
- Other addictions
- Criminal activity
- Poor grades
- Financial problems
- Worry for your family and friends
Statistics show that 8% of adolescents, 12 to 17 years old, can be considered problem gamblers. Further, approximately 15% of youths were considered to be at risk of developing problems with gambling.
In 2009 45% of 12th grade students reported some form of gambling. Playing cards for money is the most popular form of gambling among young people in Indiana. Betting on one's personal skill, such as shooting pool or bowling, is the next most common form of gambling among young people.
Online gambling is a popular type of gambling among young adults and full of unknowns. Over $15 billion spent worldwide in 2006. From poker sites to sports betting sites and more, gambling online is easy to find and with current technology, can be accessed just about anywhere.