Youth and Underage Gambling

Addication is a Gamble

Teens and young adults are routinely warned about the hazards of drug and alcohol abuse. Rarely, if ever, are they cautioned about Problem Gambling. They need to know:

  • Games of chance can be a lot of fun – but they can also be addictive
  • One out of 12 Washington adolescents (8.4%)* are at risk of becoming Problem Gamblers
  • The consequences of Problem Gambling are serious for youth and can look surprisingly like drug and alcohol abuse
  • At any age, if you gamble, it is important to set and stick to limits

* Volberg & Moore, 1999

Please help us spread the word. Teens and young adults are more vulnerable to Problem Gambling. Excellent resources are available: