From the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC):
“This week the ERLC released a free, downloadable bulletin insert for use by your church on Anti-Gambling Sunday (September 18). In preparation for the event, here are five facts you should know about problem gambling:
1. Problem gambling is an umbrella term for all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, the essential features are increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, “chasing” losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.
2. When problem gambling causes significant problems or distress, it can be a sign of gambling disorder, also called gambling addiction or compulsive gambling. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) notes that some people develop a craving for gambling that is similar to the cravings for drugs or alcohol. Those with gambling disorder often hide their behavior, and may lie to family members and others to cover up their behavior and may turn to others for help with financial problems.
3. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States, classifies problem gambling as a disorder if a person exhibits at least four of the following behaviors during the past year:
- Need to gamble with increasing amount of money to achieve the desired excitement
- Restless or irritable when trying to cut down or stop gambling
- Repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back on or stop gambling
- Frequent thoughts about gambling (such as reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next gambling venture, thinking of ways to get money to gamble)
- Often gambling when feeling distressed
- After losing money gambling, often returning to get even (referred to as “chasing” one’s losses)
- Lying to conceal gambling activity
- Jeopardizing or losing a significant relationship, job or educational/career opportunity because of gambling
- Relying on others to help with money problems caused by gambling
4. Gambling disorder tends to run in families, but environmental factors may also contribute, notes the APA. Symptoms of the disorder can begin as early as adolescence or as late as older adulthood. Men are more likely to begin at a younger age and women are more likely to begin later in life.
5. Approximately 4-6 percent of high school students are addicted to gambling, and another 10-14 percent are at risk of developing an addiction, which means that they already show signs of losing control over their gambling behavior.”
>>>Get your FREE downloadable bulletin insert HERE.
Share with your pastors and clergy and pass along to friends and family you love. If you can’t participate in Anti-Gambling Sunday, the download and information is appropriate for use at any time.
Madison – “I can declare that a dog is a cat and that doesn’t change the truth or the reality—even if I dress the dog up like a cat. It’s still a dog,” declared Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling in a public hearing yesterday.
The Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations held a hearing Wednesday on a bill, Assembly Bill 800, that goes to great lengths to try to convince people that gambling is not gambling. The bill blatantly declares that Daily Fantast Sports (DFS) is not gambling and creates a means to legalize the games and regulate them, ostensibly for “consumer protection” reasons.
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Proponents of off-reservation casinos paint gambling expansion as win-win for local communities- promising jobs, millions of dollars in economic development and reinvestment, and a never-ending source of revenue for local governments. But as so many communities have discovered the hard way, the honeymoon is often short lived, if it happens at all.
In Wisconsin, there are two such proposals pending before the Bureau of Indian Affairs for approval: Beloit and Shullsburg. And the proponents of these casinos have many people believing that they will save our communities from economic despair and be a local source of wholesome entertainment.
Wisconsin Family Action is co-hosting two informational events with Citizens Against Expanded Gambling in Shullsburg and Beloit next week to help citizens band together and stop these casinos.
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Schullsburg Community Townsend Center
190 N. Judgement Street, Shullsburg, WI
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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Holiday Inn Express – Beloit
2790 Milwaukee Road, Beloit, WI
RSVP – CLICK HERE
There are far too many examples of the damage caused by gambling – one comes from Elkhart Lake. LeAnne Holden spent 8 years in prison for embezzling money to feed her gambling addiction. Her husband raised their children, suffered through health problems and depression, while she served her sentence. (more…)
Yesterday, January 20, 2015, in a letter penned by Governor Walker to the Assistant Secretary of Interior for Indian Affairs, it was confirmed that the State of Wisconsin had negotiated a compact amendment with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.
Governor Walker states in the letter, “The submission of this amendment in no way indicates whether I support or oppose Menominee’s proposal for a casino in Kenosha, Wisconsin.” (more…)
2015 | January 19
Wisconsin Family Action Press Release:
Wisconsin Family Action Radio Ad Tells Governor Walker To Keep His Promise
As National Leaders Urge Him To Reject Kenosha Casino
MADISON – Today, Wisconsin Family Action launched a radio campaign reminding Governor Scott Walker of his
promise not to expand gambling in Wisconsin. Walker first made the promise when he ran for governor in 2006 and
renewed his promise in 2011 when he set criteria for the approval of a new casino in Wisconsin. (more…)