Gambling is sometimes seen as an entertaining way to have fun, and whether it’s a poker tournament or a recreational sporting event, there are typically few consequences for college students who choose to participate. However, 1 in every 20 college students will develop a gambling problem. For these students, there is the reality of academic, personal, and financial stress. Here are some tips for safer gambling:
- Remember that it’s only a game and don’t think of it as a way to make money.
- If you choose to gamble, only use money that you can afford to lose.
- Set limits on time and money.
- Don’t gamble when you are depressed, upset, or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- Balance gambling with other activities you enjoy.
If you are concerned about yourself or a friend, consider the following free and confidential resources:
University Counseling Services
Oregon Problem Gambling Resource
Centro Latino Americano (for Spanish speakers)