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College promotes Problem Gambling Awareness Month

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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and Tri-County Community College is building awareness on campus by engaging students through the Student Government Association, with funds provided by the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program.

“Our mission at Tri-County Community College is to engage, inspire and enrich student lives,” said Dotie Stafford-Ortega, director of academic success and student engagement at Tri-County Community College. “Bringing awareness to the issue of gambling addiction is just one of the projects our Student Government Association is promoting this semester.”

Problem gambling, commonly referred to as a gambling addiction and clinically recognized as a gambling disorder, affects people of all ages, from adolescents as young as 10 to adults in their senior years. It is not a matter of being irresponsible, it is an addiction rooted in the brain just as are the drug and alcohol addictions in millions of people.

The National Council on Problem Gambling report 1 percent of U.S. adults meet the criteria for pathological gambling, and another 2-3 percent are considered problem gamblers.Additionally, research has shown that teenagers and college-aged young adults are more impulsive and at a higher risk for developing gambling disorders than adults. Studies indicate that 6 percent of college students in the U.S. have a serious gambling problem.

College officials said Tri-County Community College plans to further expand training offered to staff members to identify and assist students who may be struggling with a gambling problem.

The North Carolina Problem Gambling Program was established to provide and support effective problem gambling prevention, education, outreach and treatment programs throughout the state. For more information about the free treatment services visit www.morethanagamenc.com or call the hotline at (877) 718-5543.