|In what is thought to be the first comprehensive study of student gambling patterns in North America, a new Harvard report claims that student gambling habits are not a cause for alarm. Anti-gambling groups have long been worried that college students are at a particularly high risk from gambling related problems and concerns have been raised recently regarding the current poker craze sweeping U.S. campuses. However, according to the report, data amassed from a national survey found that the student population was less at risk than other adults.|
Forty-two percent of college students said they had gambled in the past year, while less than three percent of students gambled at least weekly during the school year. Those numbers compare with the most recent survey of adult gambling patterns, which found that eighty-two percent of adults gambled during the past year, while twenty-three percent of surveyed adults said they gambled weekly.
The report concluded that the number of students who were problem gamblers ‘isn't likely to be higher than the 2.6 percent of students who reported gambling at least once a week.’