Most Gambling Addicted States in 2017

    Gambling is legal is every state, how does your state rank for most gambling addicted states in 2017.

    Gambling exists in all fifty states.  Gamblers are usually either “Recreational” or “social” gamblers, for instance, buy the occasional scotch off or take a charity bus trip to the casino.  These gamblers are able to quit at any time and prevent from becoming addicted.  “Professional” gamblers make up another group — the likes of math genius Edward Thorp and high-stakes sports bettor Bill Krackomberger — who gamble well enough to make a living out of it but are able to separate work from personal life.  The poker boom a few years back spawned the rise of the “professional” poker player for which may were self-proclaimed.

    But what happens when business or pleasure gets out of control, gambling becomes a real addition.  Gambling addiction affects slightly more than 2 percent of all U.S. adults. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Gambling can stimulate the brain’s reward system much like drugs such as alcohol can, leading to addiction.”

    Just like drugs and alcohol, gambling addiction can lead to serious personal and economic consequences. On a societal level, compulsive gambling costs an estimated $6 billion per year, according to a study by the National Council on Problem Gambling. Individually, a male gambling addict accumulates an average debt of between $55,000 and $90,000 whereas a female averages $15,000. Most cannot afford to pay back what they owe, compounding the problem as it may take years to pay off or even risk boldly harm in some cases.  As a result, gambling addicts develop a high tendency to amass even more debt, suffer from other health issues, lose their jobs, strain their relationships or even commit crimes to pay back their outstanding debt.  It is ok to gamble as you need to do it in moderation and work with responsible bookmakers especially when gambling online.

    WalletHub conducted a survey to find out which are the most addicted states when it came to gambling, check it out:

    Click below to see how your state ranks via this interactive map:

    Source: WalletHub
     
    Overall Rank
    (1 = Most Addicted)
    StateTotal Score‘Gambling-Friendliness’ Rank‘Gambling Problem & Treatment’ Rank
    1Nevada55.98110
    2South Dakota55.6636
    3Montana51.32223
    4West Virginia47.8667
    5Mississippi47.2191
    6New Jersey46.22103
    7Oklahoma44.29438
    8Oregon41.61539
    9Louisiana36.571119
    10Ohio36.361511
    11Delaware36.201220
    12North Dakota35.47835
    13Massachusetts35.411416
    14Maryland35.09255
    15Colorado32.621718
    16Tennessee32.481814
    17New Mexico32.38750
    18Illinois31.23372
    19New York31.221344
    20Rhode Island29.491637
    21Missouri29.37364
    22Wyoming29.322226
    23Idaho29.082127
    24Iowa28.872717
    25Connecticut28.441934
    26Michigan28.422815
    27Pennsylvania28.262333
    28Virginia27.192043
    29California26.182442
    30Indiana25.882632
    31South Carolina25.833412
    32Maine24.01419
    33Minnesota23.893322
    34New Hampshire23.772925
    35Arkansas22.313030
    36Kansas21.634021
    37Texas20.744513
    38Washington20.473241
    39Hawaii20.25498
    40Georgia19.173936
    41Florida18.283149
    42Arizona18.193547
    43North Carolina17.904328
    44Alaska17.644424
    45Vermont16.654631
    46Wisconsin16.334246
    47Kentucky16.333848
    48Utah14.454929
    49Nebraska13.644840
    50Alabama13.454745

     

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    Here is the methodology used:

    Methodology

    In order to determine where gambling addiction is most prevalent and harmful in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across two key dimensions, namely “Gambling-Friendliness” and “Gambling Problem & Treatment.”

    We evaluated those dimensions using 15 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest dependency on gambling.

    We then calculated the total score for each state based on its weighted average across all metrics and used the resulting scores to construct our final ranking.

    Gambling-Friendliness – Total Points: 70

    • Commercial & Tribal Casinos per Capita: Triple Weight (~17.50 Points)
      Note: “Per capita” considers adults aged 18 and older. “Commercial casinos” are defined as land-based, riverboat and racetrack casinos.
    • Gaming Machines per 1,000 Population: Double Weight (~11.67 Points)
      Note: “Per 1,000 population” considers adults aged 18 and older.
    • iGaming Revenues per Capita: Full Weight (~5.83 Points)
      Note: “Per capita” considers adults aged 18 and older.
    • Limited-Stakes Gaming Revenues per Capita: Full Weight (~5.83 Points)
      Note: “Per capita” considers adults aged 18 and older.
    • Lottery Sales per Capita: Full Weight (~5.83 Points)
      Note: “Per capita” considers adults aged 18 and older.
    • Presence of Illegal Gambling Operations: Full Weight (~5. 83 Points)
    • Legality of Daily Fantasy Sports: Full Weight (~5. 83 Points)
    • Legality of Sports Gambling: Full Weight (~5.83Points)
    • Legality of Horse-Race Gambling: Full Weight (~5. 83 Points)

    Gambling Problem & Treatment – Total Points: 30

    • Share of Adults Aged 18 & Older with Gambling Disorders: Double Weight (~8.57 Points)
    • “Gamblers Anonymous” Meetings per Capita: Full Weight Weight (~4.29 Points)
      Note: “Per capita” considers adults aged 18 and older.
    • NCPG Affiliation: Half Weight (~2.14 Points)
      Note: “NCPG” is an acronym for National Council on Problem Gambling.
    • Employee Training on Disordered- & Problem-Gambling Statuses & Regulations: Full Weight (~4.29 Points)
    • Presence of Gambling-Addiction Treatment Programs: Half Weight (~2.14 Points)
    • Gambling-Related Arrests per Capita: Double Weight (~8.57 Points)
      Note: “Per capita” considers adults aged 18 and older.

    Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Gaming Association, RubinBrown, National Council on Problem Gambling, North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pew Charitable Trusts, TVG, ESPN, Gamblers Anonymous and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Dr. Jay S. Albanese.

    Original Article: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-most-addicted-to-gambling/20846/

     

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