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Sports Betting Apps Boost Demand for Gambling Addiction Services in Florida

ByEditor

Feb 13, 2024
Florida Sports Betting Legalization Causes Increase in Demand for Gambling Addiction Hotline- NBC 6 South Florida

The use of sports betting apps has made it easier for consumers to place their bets. However, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is struggling to meet the increased demand for its services.

The nonprofit responsible for running Florida’s addictive gambling prevention program has reported a 138% increase in demand from December to January. This increase in demand has come at a time when the organization is already struggling to keep up with the needs of Florida residents.

Recently, people in Florida were able to legally bet on the Super Bowl for the first time. The American Gaming Association estimates that a record 67.8 million Americans placed bets on the game. This increased accessibility to sports betting has likely contributed to the rise in demand for services to address gambling addiction.

According to NBC6 affiliate WPTV, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling anticipates receiving around 40,000 calls this fiscal year, which is significantly higher than the 26,000 calls received in the previous year. The organization has noticed a significant increase in calls from young adult men, indicating that this demographic is particularly at risk for gambling addiction.

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