By Staff Writer
With the Super Bowl set to kick off in a couple weeks, many individuals across the country will make friendly wagers on the outcome of the game. However, this may pose a threat to the relapse prevention efforts of recovering gambling addicts.
A University of Florida addiction expert estimated that more than $100 million will be bet on the game, according to the school’s news site. Aside from the tremendous financial consequences of these wagers, he said that this number is also significant in terms of the potential human costs. Much of the bets made are likely to come from gambling addicts, who are unable to control their wagering.
There may be many signs that a friend or family member is struggling with gambling, the researcher said. One of the clearest warning signs of a problem is when a person shows high interest in a game that carries few national consequences. This often happens when someone has a financial stake in the outcome of the game.
Between 1 and 3 percent of the U.S. population struggle with gambling addiction, according to the Oklahoma Association for Gambling Addiction Awareness. The Super Bowl may provide an easy outlet for individuals who have a problem with betting.