Online Gambling Endangers Many with Serious Addiction

The Super Bowl was the most watched television event in U.S. history, and made gambling history with more than $23.1 billion in bets placed. Nearly 1 in 4 Americans placed a bet.

In 2018, the Supreme Court struck down the law that prevented online gambling in most states. Because of this, online gambling is everywhere: from cute slot machines to sports betting, all from our phones. Since 2018, gambling addiction has grown by 30%. Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from this addiction.

This prevalence has taken a toll. Online gambling is another way that big businesses take our hard-earned money away from us. But gambling addiction is more than losing money. It leads to losing life savings, broken families, and even suicides. Gambling has the highest suicide rate of all addictions. Why is it that companies can make billions off our addictions while we and our families suffer?