Problem Gambling Awareness Month
March 1 – March 31 CST
Problem Gambling Awareness Month, observed in March and sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling, raises awareness about problem gambling. Problem Gambling Awareness Month educates the public and healthcare professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling. It also serves to inform the public about the availability of help and hope, both locally and nationally.
Problem Gambling Awareness Month informs the public that most people who gamble can do so safely, and without difficulty. However, gambling is not a risk-free activity. When gambling in excess, the onset of an addiction can result in serious to severe short and long-term consequences. In addition to affecting an individual’s home life, financial status, career, education, social relationships, and physical or emotional health, gambling problems also impact those closest to the gambler.