A few years It used to be that an NFL announcer would talk about which team Moneyline was favoring in the game they were covering, or viewers would watch commercial after commercial from a sports betting app during an NBA game. was unprecedented. Since 2018, 38 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized sports betting as a quick way to increase tax revenue. No longer the shady pastime our fathers used to have under the table, sports betting has exploded into a $7.5 billion industry (projected to reach $182 billion by 2030) and more than ever before. have become more accessible and more integrated into our society.
But what does this mean for more than half of Americans who currently live in states where sports betting is legal? increased by 30% over time, especially among young men aged 18 to 24. men’s health conducted its own survey of men nationwide.Of those who have wagered sports in the last 12 months, almost 1 in 5 allocates a quarter of their salary for sports betting 58% say sports betting affects their mental healthand 43% know someone who has or may have a sports betting addiction..
It is a matter of course. With mobile sports betting apps becoming more readily available and exposure to sports betting increasing through sports broadcasts, sports betting advertising and partnerships with celebrity and athlete sportsbooks, where is the temptation to bet? There is also. And if we’re not careful, there could be a new generation of men with gambling addictions that lead to debt, depression, anxiety, and even suicide.
This sets in motion the following series of stories. men’s health Reports on the dangers of the American sports betting boom. However, we are not here simply to raise awareness about this issue. We are here to help. Once you understand the human cost of the widespread legalization of sports betting and how much money (or lack thereof) your state allocates to problem gambling resources, you can determine if you are dependent on sports betting. We have an expert-assisted quiz for you. If this quiz reveals some red flags, you’ll find stories of real men on their road to recovery, tips to stop gambling forever, steps to pay off debt, and treatment resources. can.
As we know, sports betting is just the beginning. It’s a whole new game now.
If you or someone you know may be struggling with a gambling addiction, please contact 1-800-GAMBLER. Ready to take the next step? Book with Kindbridge Behavioral Health and use the code “MensHealth20” to get 20% off your first treatment session.be sure to also include men’s health As a referral source for the intake form.
Rachel Epstein is Men’s Health Associate Editor, overseeing, editing and allocating content across MensHealth.com. She previously held positions at Marie Claire and Coveteur. Offline, she could be watching a Heat game or looking for a new coffee shop.