The WCPG provides education and awareness on the issues of
problem and compulsive gambling while maintaining strict neutrality
on legalized gambling.
Approximately 333,000 Wisconsin residents have a gambling
Calls to the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling's 24-hour
Helpline have increased 313% since 1996.
The 24-hour Helpline received 12,283 calls in 2019.
The average debt of callers contacting the Helpline is
The average age of female gamblers calling the Helpline is
47 years. Male caller's average age is 38.
Seniors and adolescents are at high risk to become addicted
Gambling related embezzlements continue to rise in
WCPG is one of 34 affiliates of the National Council on
Problem Gambling located in Washington, D.C.
65% of compulsive gamblers commit crimes to finance their
Six to twenty percent of adolescents develop gambling
The WCPG provides a statewide Public Awareness Campaign
including billboards, bus ads, several hundred media contacts each
year, annual conference, training programs for treatment providers,
resource library, signage in casino restrooms, high school
curriculum, development and distribution of posters, brochures and
educational booklets, and Social Media including Facebook, Twitter,
You Tube and Instagram.
Suicide rates are 20 times higher among pathological
gamblers compared to non-gamblers.
People who have other addictions are at a higher risk of
becoming addicted to gambling.
The Council is the only organization in Wisconsin dedicated
to assisting thousands of problem and compulsive gamblers.
Calling 1-800-GAMBLE-5, available 24-hours a day, will help
you find the resources you need to get help for a gambling problem.
Chat line available at wi-problemgamblers.org. Text line at:
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The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling provides resources,
public awareness, and education on gambling disorders while
maintaining strict neutrality on the issue of legalized