Gambling Addiction Statistics: How Big of a Problem Is It?

A. Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP, Kaushik Misra, Ph.D., Amy K. Epner, Ph.D., and Galen Morgan Cooper, Ph.D.

The past year prevalence rate of gambling disorder is about 0.2%.  The lifetime prevalence rate is 0.4% to 1.0% (APA, 2013).  The federal government does not appear to track gambling problems.  The National Council on Problem Gambling estimates that 1% of the population has serious gambling problems, with another 2-3% having significant gambling problems.


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