The rise in demand for services related to gambling addiction has been fueled by the increasing accessibility of sports betting apps. According to the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, the organization has experienced a 138% increase in demand from December to January, with young adult men being particularly at risk. This increase in demand comes at a time when the nonprofit is already struggling to keep up with the needs of Florida residents.
The American Gaming Association estimates that a record 67.8 million Americans placed bets on the Super Bowl, which was the first time that legal sports betting was available in Florida. The use of sports betting apps has made it easier for consumers to place their bets, and this increased accessibility may have contributed to the rise in demand for services related to gambling addiction.
The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling anticipates receiving around 40,000 calls this fiscal year, which is significantly higher than the 26,000 calls received in the previous year. The organization is working hard to meet this increased demand and provide support and resources to those struggling with gambling addiction. Despite these challenges, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling remains committed to helping individuals and families affected by gambling problems lead healthy and fulfilling lives.