Gambling Brochure

gambling-brochure-miniFamily Heritage Alliance is pleased to present a brochure on gambling and the cost it has on our culture. You are welcome to download and use the brochure.

Please note that there is an extensive bibliography for the brochure that just would not fit in the publication. So, we have included the bibliography after the links to the brochure.

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(1) National Council on Problem Gaming (NCPG)
“SOUTH DAKOTA 2009 Gambling and Problem Gambling Estimates”
“Social Costs – Calculated based on National Gambling Impact Study Commission estimates that each pathological gambler costs society $1,200 per year, and each problem gambler $715.”
“Statewide Adult Problem Gambling Population – 12,000 people
Statewide Adult Pathological Gambling Population – 6,000 people”
(18,000 total addicted persons)

12,000 x 715 = 8,580,000
6,000 x 1,200 = 7,200,000
$8,580,000 + $7,200,000 = $15,780,000

(2) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Maine’s Neighbors Would Copy Casinos, November 10, 2002
Gambling in America, Costs and Benefits by Earl L. Grinols

“Grinols’ studies also show that between 37 and 50 percent of casino revenues come from pathological or problem gamblers.”

.37 x 107,181,282 = 39,657,074.34 (Rounded to 40 Million)
.50 x 107,181,282 = 53,590,641 (Rounded to 53 Million)

(3) California Council on Problem Gambling

“60% of those addicted to gambling will commit crimes”

.60 x 18,000 = 10,800

(4) (a) Crime in South Dakota 2012,
Office of the Attourney General Criminal statistical Analysis Center

153 embezzlements in SD in 2012

(4) (b) 2012 Marquet International Ropert on Embezzlement, May 14, 2013

“32.4% of embezzlements are due to a gambling addiction.”

.324 x 153 = 49.572 (Rounded to 50)

(5) National Research Council, The Guardian

“50% will abuse spouses and children.”

.50 x 18,000 = 9,000

(6) AlterNet, How Gambling Can Kill You Faster Than Drug Abuse or Alcoholism, September 13, 2012.

“Suicide rates among gambling addicts are staggeringly high. The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has estimated that one in five problem gamblers attempt to kill themselves, about twice the rate of other addictions.”

.20 x 18,000 = 3,600

(7) National Council on Problem Gambling, “About Problem Gambling”

(8) Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders, “Pathological Gambling Disorder”,
Copyright © 2014 Advameg, Inc.

(9) Professor John Warren Kindt, “The Economic impacts of Legalized Gambling Activities,” Drake Law Review, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, Vol. 43, 1994.

(10) The WAGER, Harvard Medical School, Division on Addictions April 9, 1996

“Each pathological gambler on average costs the insurance industry $64,468 for fraudulent claims.”

(11) CT Department of Mental Health

“The average (gambling) debt is between $63,000 and $110,000.”

(12) California Council on Problem Gambling,

“63% of gambling addicts are alcoholics”

(13) Research Institute on Addictions

“Living within 10 miles of a casino can increase the chance of becoming a problem gambler by 90 percent.”

(14) Ed Looney: the Council for Compulsive Gambling. March 21, 2006 Gambling at an All Time High

“So when you’re dealing with one addict, you’re dealing with 8-10 other people that get affected because of the addiction.”


“Research shows that if you have a gambling problem you will likely have an alcohol problem as well, and a drug problem. The reverse, however, is not true.” Alcoholics don’t turn to gambling, but gamblers turn to alcohol to relieve mental anguish.”

(16) Rehab International – Negative Effects Addiction Treatments – Copyright 2014

Negative Effects

“There is also an increased rate of divorce. In the United States, 65 percent of couples that consist of one spouse with a gambling addiction, end up divorced. There is also an extreme amount of stress placed on the family to repay debts and bills that the addict has accumulated as a result of gambling. Research has shown that three out of five gambling addicts have a family with children.”

(17) Robert Custer and Harry Milt, “When Luck Runs Out: Help for Compulsive Gamblers and Their Families,” (New York: Facts on File, 1985), pp. 231, 145.

“One in five pathological gamblers will attempt suicide, while one in ten of their spouses will attempt suicide.”

(18) Rehab International – Negative Effects Addiction Treatments – Copyright 2014

Negative Effects

(19) Rehab International – Negative Effects Addiction Treatments – Copyright 2014

Negative Effects

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