A gambling addiction extends beyond the gambler. Family members and friends are often severely impacted by the gambler's behaviors and activities.
What starts out as a good time or a bet among friends can often end up causing serious financial and personal problems. With so many college students gambling on cards, sports, the Internet, dice, and numerous other things, some get to a point where their lives become unmanageable.
College students with a gambling problem can risk ruining their lives at a period in time when they are first gaining independence and self-reliance. Gambling-driven decisions made by college-age students can have lifelong negative impacts.
College students with a gambling problem may:
" What starts out as a good time or a bet among friends can often end up causing serious financial and personal problems."
To approach a friend or someone you care about regarding their gambling behavior, the following tips can help guide your conversation. Remember that friends depend on friends to tell the truth, so be sure to do your part.
"College students with a gambling problem can risk ruining their lives at a period in time when they are first gaining independence and self-reliance."
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