|According to new statistics from the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, women are fast becoming affected by the same gambling problems as men – and with women more likely to gamble online than offline, this is a problem that’s likely to increase.|
Marvin A. Steinberg, executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, is quoted in The Hartford Courant as saying that “Women as problem gamblers have really zoomed up in the statistics in the last five to 10 years.'
The council received 1,100 calls to its hotline in 2000, 47% of which were made by women, compared to only 27% in 1994. According to Steinberg, the rise in female problem gambling is paralleled by the growth in female alcoholism: 'When it becomes more accessible and socially acceptable, women do it more and we find out that women are as vulnerable as men are.”
Although male problem gamblers tend to be younger than female problem gamblers, they had substantially larger lifetime losses due to gambling, the new statistics show. Males had an average lifetime loss of $73,980, compared with $54,278 for women. However, both men and women reported that their current gambling debt was the same, about $21,000.
Other findings of the report are that people with gambling problems usually have other problems such as money worries, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
The New England Conference on Problem Gambling to be held on May 16 will focus on the increasing numbers of gamblers in the state and region.