DEFINITIONS

GAMBLING

"Gambling" is wagering money or something of material value on an event with an uncertain outcome with the hope of winning something of even greater value. In our work, the terms "gaming" and "gambling" are often used interchangeably; however, most outside entities use the term "gambling" to avoid confusion with video gaming.


RESPONSIBLE GAMING

Responsible Gaming (or safer play) means playing recreationally and staying in bounds in terms of time and money spent gaming. It’s playing for entertainment, and not interfering with other areas of life.


RISKY GAMBLING

Risky gambling is gaming behavior that puts a person at greater risk for a problem (e.g., spending more money or time than intended, chasing losses, etc.)


PROBLEM GAMBLING

Problem gambling is gambling behavior that negatively affects a person’s life – whether it be financially, socially, educationally, professionally. “Problem gambling” is also be referred to as gambling disorder and is sometimes still referred to as “compulsive” or “pathological” gambling.
About 2-3 percent of the general population meet the criteria for problem gambling.


CAN GAMBLING BE AN ADDICTION?

How GAMBLING CAN BECOME AN ADDICTION

Dr. Howard Shaffer, Distinguished Faculty Cambridge Health Alliance / Division on Addiction with Harvard Medical School (DraftKings Responsible Gaming Program partners)

IS GAMBLING ADDICTION GENETIC?

Dr. Lori Rugle, Responsible Gambling Specialist with the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries; Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland / CNBC Prime

CRITERIA FOR "GAMBLING DISORDER"

For more information, visit the National Council on Problem Gambling's page on Gambling Disorder screening tools.

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