Problem Gambling, Risks to Youth
& Youth Gambling in Tillamook County
Did you know gambling can be a problem?
It can be as addictive as alcohol or drugs for some people.
Problem gambling is a serious public health concern. Tens of thousands of Oregon residents – including people in Tillamook County – suffer from problem gambling, as do their family, friends, employers, financial institutions and others in the larger community.
|Some of the SIGNS of a problem:
- Do you lose time from work or school because of gambling?
- Do you spend more money on gambling than you mean to?
- Are people you care about unhappy because of your gambling?
- Do you always want to keep on gambling, even when you lose?
- Do you borrow money or sell something to get money for gambling?
- Do you gamble with your rent or food money?
- Do you ignore your own or your family’s welfare, due to gambling?
- Do you gamble to escape worry, - trouble, - or loneliness?
- Have you done something illegal so you can gamble?
- Have you had thoughts of suicide because of gambling?
Did you know exposure to gambling at a young age is a risk factor for adult problem/addictive gambling?
Some reasons why the adolescent brain and gambling are a bad combination:
- The brain’s frontal lobes (where decisions and judgments are made) is not fully developed until the 3rd decade of life.
- The adolescent brain routes decision making through the amygdala (emotion center), resulting in “fight”, “flight”, “freeze” or “freak out” responses.
- The adolescent brain is especially vulnerable to risk taking and impulsivity.
- The adolescent brain is more sensitive to the effects of dopamine, the “feel good” chemical neurotransmitter in the brain that becomes activated by exposure to substances, high intensity media, gambling, food and sex.
Do you think Tillamook County youth aren’t at risk?
Oregon Student Wellness Survey (2010) data for Tillamook County youth show:
- Gambling is the #1 youth risk behavior in Tillamook County.
- Tillamook County youth (6th, 8th and 11th graders) gamble more than use substances, yet, teachers and parents talk to youth less about risks of gambling than about substance use.
- Tillamook County youth gamble in many ways – some illegal for their age.
- Tillamook County youth rates for card, internet and Lottery gambling increase with age (between 6th and 11th grade).
- Signs of gambling problems in Tillamook County youth are higher than statewide rates – and they are also higher than adult rates (Moore, 2006).
In Oregon, help for problem gambling is free, confidential – and it works.
To learn more or to get help call 1-877-MY-LIMIT (1-877-695-4648) or
Tillamook Family Counseling Center provides information for Problem Gambling Awareness and Prevention. Download and view the following gambling prevention and awareness information: