Letter to the Editor: Downside gambling is a critical letter drawback


The biggest game of the year is just around the corner, the Super Bowl. We've seen and heard it on the news, on sports stations, read about it in the newspapers, and even talked about it at work or school. It is impossible to escape the hustle and bustle of the "big game".

The Super Bowl is also one of the biggest betting events of the year. From work spaces betting on squares to a wide variety of online betting and fantasy leagues, players can bet on literally every aspect of the game. It is estimated that over 22 million Americans will be wagering more than $ 6 billion on the game. For some people, these bets can be more expensive than they can afford.

Of those 22 million Americans who bet on the Super Bowl, approximately 4% or 880,000 people have a gambling problem. What does that mean? This means that they are unable to set and comply with a time and money limit for gambling. This means they may bet on escaping feelings of anxiety, stress, or depression. Gambling behavior can cause problems at home and affect relationships with your spouse and / or children. You can also have problems at work. For some, gambling can become an addiction.

While this may be an exciting time to see and enjoy the Super Bowl, it can be both financially and emotionally negative for some. For those who are already struggling with gambling issues, this may be one of the toughest times of the year.