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Celebrating Breakthroughs: International Women’s Day

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Throughout history, women have made great strides in the fight for equality, breaking down social, economic, political and cultural barriers.upon International Women’s Day on March 8th and Women’s History Month in Marchwe are celebrating these breakthroughs while keeping an eye on future generations of politicians, parents, students, doctors, neighbors, friends, and more.To work on #BreaktheBias and build equality for women, Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) wants to draw attention to the growing concern. Women are uniquely drawn to problematic gambling and the barriers that may prevent them from seeking help.

In striving for diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels, it is important to recognize that gambling disorders are not discrimination and women are not excluded from the harmful effects of these disorders. Alongside Women’s History Month is Gambling Problem Awareness Month (PGAM).), time to promote public awareness of the effects of problem gambling.

There is an assumption that problem gambling is largely confined to men, but this is not true. [1] Sports betting is still illegal in Florida, but the American Gaming Association estimates that illegal sports betting accounts for $511 billion of all sports betting that takes place each year. [2]

Women typically have different gambling motives than men — men thrive on gambling behavior and competition, but Women often see it as an escape from reality Find temporary relief when you lose yourself in games like slots, video poker, lottery and bingo. [3] In addition to the various means of gambling, women may also perceive the problem of gambling in a different light. Some describe it as a shame because it is more common to experience problem gambling than other addictions such as alcohol. [4]

Fear of being seen as irresponsible due to societal pressure and perception that women must be responsible caregivers Gambling can lead to further shame and loneliness for women. [5] This stigma prevents women from seeking the help and support they need and deserve, and can prevent society as a whole from reaching true equality in all aspects of life.

The best way to protect current and future generations from the ill effects of problem gambling while honoring the achievements of women before us is to break down the stigma surrounding help-seeking and provide resources for recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with a gambling addiction, what is recovery? Your One Sure Thing when you call or text 888-ADMIT-ITThis 24/7, Multilingual, Confidential, Free Helpline available to any Florida resident seeking to connect to the resources needed to experience freedom from compulsive gambling behavior. I would like to draw your attention to resources such as Packet . It is a tool tailored to women struggling with problem gambling and created to help women experience the healing they find everywhere. that is.

  1. Socolic, Bill. “Survey: Women make up nearly one-third of sports bettors.” GGB News, 20 July 2021, Available here. https://ggbnews.com/article/studies-women-make-up-about-one-third-of-sports-bettors/.
  2. “New Aga Report Shows Americans Gambling More Than $5 Trillion Illegally Each Year.” American Gaming Association, 6 December 2022, Available here. https://www.americangaming.org/new/new-aga-report-shows-americans-gamble-more-than-half-a-trillion-dollars-illegally-each-year/#:~:text=Washington% 2C%20D.C.%20%E2%80%93%20Americans%20gamble%20an,from%20the%20American%20Gaming%20Association.
  3. Female Gambler Fact Sheet – Ncpgambling.org. https://www.ncpgambling.org/files/WOMEN_GAMBLERS_FACTS.pdf.
  4. “Female Gamblers and Mental Health.” Argamas, https://www.algamus.org/blog/female-gamblers-mental-health.
  5. Female Gambler Fact Sheet – Ncpgambling.org. https://www.ncpgambling.org/files/WOMEN_GAMBLERS_FACTS.pdf.

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