March 3-9 is National Problem Gambling Awareness Week

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National Problem Gambling Awareness Week (NPGAW), March 3-9, is part of a national grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign to raise awareness about the warning signs of problem gambling and about the help that is available both locally and nationally.

To help raise awareness about problem gambling this week, the Utah/Idaho Council on Problem Gambling is asking Idaho libraries to display this list of books for your library users to see.  The books are listed in order by age/grade.

Problem gambling is gambling behavior that causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. The term "Problem Gambling" includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as "Pathological", or "Compulsive" Gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, "chasing" losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences. Problem gambling and gambling addiction can be devastating to individuals and families.

More about the Utah/Idaho Council on Problem Gambling can be found at www.utahidahocpg.org.
More about the National Council on Problem Gambling can be found at www.ncpgambling.org.