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Gambling Addiction Statistics: How Big of a Problem Is It?

A. Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP, Kaushik Misra, Ph.D., Amy K. Epner, Ph.D., and Galen Morgan Cooper, Ph.D. , edited by C. E. Zupanick, Psy.D.

The past year prevalence rate of gambling disorder is about 0.2%.  The lifetime prevalence rate is 0.4% to 1.0% (APA, 2013).  The federal government does not appear to track gambling problems.  The National Council on Problem Gambling estimates that 1% of the population has serious gambling problems, with another 2-3% having significant gambling problems.