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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

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Raleigh, NC  – Shaw University is working in collaboration with the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program (NCPGP) to raise awareness in March, helping people engage in “Awareness + Action” about problem gambling. Approximately 2 million (1%) of U.S. adults are estimated to meet criteria for gambling disorder, another 4-6 million (2-3%) would be considered problem gamblers; yet for many, gambling remains a hidden addiction.  

Problem Gambling Awareness Month raises awareness of the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling.  Shaw University is building awareness by taking action and to promote gambling awareness activities.  Be on the lookout for Virtual Game Night and other activities that will be held on March 18, 2021 from 6pm to 8pm.

Teens and college-age students have the highest rates of problem gambling. Research indicates children are engaging in gambling activities earlier than they are with drug or alcohol use. Similar to substance use, research also shows that parents with a gambling problem often have children with a gambling problem. In addition, youth with gambling problems are more likely to use tobacco, drugs and alcohol. Many youth currently in treatment for substance use disorder may also have a gambling problem.  Labeled the “hidden addiction” is many times only exposed through problem gambling screening tools that are available for clinicians.

“Say No to Gambling” is highlighted on our campus.  Students are encouraged to stay engaged and participate in activities that focus on  Gambling Prevention and Awareness activities and healthy living and healthy lifestyles choices.   

The NCPGP provides and supports effective problem gambling prevention, education, outreach and treatment programs throughout the state. For more information about the no cost in-person or virtual treatment for up to 12 sessions for youth and adults visit or call the helpline at (877) 718-5543.

NCPGP is excited to be adding capacity to the provider registry for addressing the needs of youth by providing training for licensed clinicians interested in applying to join the registry. The virtual self-paced program, released in February, is available on the UNC Behavioral Health Springboard online platform. If you have any questions regarding the youth prevention or treatment services, reach out to Alison Drain at (919) 800-8482 or

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