Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling Fact Sheet

 

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 problem.

Calls to the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling's 24-hour Helpline have increased 281% since 1996.

The 24-hour Helpline received 13,081calls in 2016.

The average debt of callers contacting the Helpline is $38,090.

The average age of female gamblers calling the Helpline is 64 years. Male caller's average age is 42.

Seniors and adolescents are at high risk to become addicted to gambling.

Gambling related embezzlements continue to rise in Wisconsin.

WCPG is one of 36 affiliates of the National Council on Problem Gambling located in Washington, D.C.

65% of compulsive gamblers commit crimes to finance their gambling.

Six to twenty percent of adolescents develop gambling problems.

The WCPG provides a statewide Public Awareness Campaign including billboards, bus ads, ads in over 145 telephone directories, 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 mini-grants for community-based activities.

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. Texting at: 920-799-4080.