According to a recent study done by Evolution Finance, of all fifty states, Illinois is the 14th most gambling-addicted state. The study used 20 different metrics to assign each state a score out of 100. The metrics included (but were not limited to) gambling service revenues, individual gambling losses, number of residents reporting problem gambling, and number of residents receiving treatment for gambling addiction.
Illinois received a score of 40.78 and to give you an idea of where that stands, none of the ten states on the bottom of the list had a score over thirty-two.
Gambling isn’t just an issue in The Prairie State. It’s an issue nationwide. Nine out of ten Americans have gambled at least once, and 6 out of 10 Americans gamble at least once a year. Around 6% of us report having gambling issues, and around 1% of us report a severe gambling addiction. One percent of the American population is over 3.3 million people. Fortunately, there’s help available to you, at no cost. Let us help you stop problem gambling today.
Gambling Addiction Hotline
This free and anonymous helpline is available 24/7 for anyone in the US to call and receive guidance and resources on problem gambling. Call 844-779-2637 to be connected with a specialist, or click here to visit the hotline’s website which offers more information and multiple external links. The hotline provides support for all forms of addiction and/or crisis. Call today.
The Illinois Council on Problem Gambling exists to increase public awareness of and provide support for gambling addiction. Visit the website for a multitude of resources, or call directly at 217-652-9611. Please note this is NOT a hotline. The ICPG defers to the hotline below.
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has existed to help problem gamblers for fifty years now. It offers a 24/7 helpline for anyone suffering from gambling addiction. Call or text 1-800-522-4700 to reach a specialist, or click here to visit the website which offers a chat feature.