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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 4, 2009

Northwest joins effort to combat problem student gambling

Northwest has joined 12 other Missouri universities in a special emphasis this week designed to draw attention to problem gambling by young people.

National Problem Gambling Awareness Week March 1-7 seeks to provide education and outreach to college-age adults who may have a gambling problem.

In the United States, an estimated 85 percent of college students have been involved in some form of gambling, and 23 percent are believed to gamble on a weekly basis. Between 2 and 7 percent of college students exhibit behaviors that mark them as problem or pathological gamblers.

In Missouri, 54 percent of college students report having gambled in the last year, with 2.4 percent gambling once a week and 1.1 percent gambling three or more times per week, according to the 2008 Missouri College Student Health Behavior Survey.

In order to address issues related to problem gambling, colleges across the state have planned educational events for students, faculty, and staff. A program called "Keeping the Score" supports campus efforts to plan events and provide educational items to students about problem gambling and how to help friends struggling with gambling.

For more information about National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, visit . For information about Missouri's approach to reduce problem gambling among college students, visit or contact Kristy Wanner at .

Additional gambling awareness resources -- including help for gambling addiction -- are available at or by calling 888-betsoff (888.238.7633) toll free.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468