What is PGAM?

For most adults, gambling is a source of entertainment, a chance to socialize with others in a fun, safe and exciting atmosphere – and perhaps, to win some money. For some, gambling can become problematic.

Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) is a grassroots campaign where groups across America hold conferences, air Public Service Announcements, provide counselor trainings, host health screening days, run social media campaigns and many other activities to increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Who is at risk for Problem Gambling?

Anyone who gambles can develop problems. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the risks and to gamble in a responsible way, if you choose to gamble. When gambling behavior interferes with finances, relationships and the workplace, a serious problem already exists.

Gambling activities may include the following:

  • Bingo
  • Casinos
  • Commodities Market
  • Dog/Horse Races
  • Internet Gambling
  • Keno
  • Lottery
  • Sports Betting
  • Sweepstakes

What are the warning signs of Problem Gambling?

  • A preoccupation with gambling.
  • Talking only about wins, not losses.
  • Gambling is a way of escape from problems.
  • Hiding losses from family members.
  • Borrowing money in order to gamble.
  • Gambling results in withdrawal from family and friends.
  • Stopping or cutting back seems impossible.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem:

Call the Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-522-4700

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