Florida Sports Betting Legalization Causes Increase in Demand for Gambling Addiction Hotline- NBC 6 South Florida

Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is struggling to keep up with the increased demand for its services due to the rise in sports betting apps. The nonprofit organization has reported a 138% increase in demand from December to January, with around 40,000 calls anticipated this fiscal year. This is significantly higher than the previous year’s 26,000 calls and has particularly affected young adult men, who are at a higher risk of developing gambling addiction. The American Gaming Association estimates that a record 67.8 million Americans placed bets on the Super Bowl, which could have contributed to this increase in demand for services.

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