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GAMBLERS
(2007-03-06)
(wgvu) - MICHIGAN'S COMMUNITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS CALLING ATTENTION THIS WEEK TO PROBLEM GAMBLING. IT'S ESTIMATED OUR STATE MAS NEARLY 150,000 PEOPLE WITH A GAMBLING ADDICTION. COMPULSIVE GAMBLING IS EVERY BIT AS ADDICTIVE AS ALCOHOL OR NARCOTICS, BUT FAR LESS TALKED ABOUT. JUST ASK MIKE M., A MEMBER OF MICHIGAN GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS GOING ON TEN YEARS NOW. HE WAS FIRST BITTEN WHEN HE SNEAKED INTO A HORSE TRACK IN THE DETROIT AREA AS A TEENAGER TO PLACE A BET BACK MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO. IN THE INTERVENING YEARS, HE SAYS, GAMBLING OPPORTUNITIES JUMP OUT AROUND EVERY CORNER ESPECIALLY IN THE FORMS OF LOTTERY, CASINOS, OFF TRACK BETTING AND ONLINE GAMBLING. RECENT RESEARCH SAYS THE MOST COMMON TYPE OF GAMBLING REPORTED IS LOTTERY, FOLLOWED BY CASINO GAMES, CHARITABLE GROUP EVENTS AND OFFICE POOLS. YOU CAN LEARN MORE, INCLUDING WHETHER YOU MAY BE ADDICTED BY GOING TO
WWW.GAMBLERSANONYMOUS.ORG OR BY CALLING TOLL FREE 800 270-7117.
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