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Problem Gambling Information

During the Fall 2013 semester, Appalachian was awarded a grant from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services for Problem Gambling Outreach, Prevention, and Awareness. The goals of this project are to raise awareness about problem gambling on our campus, increase screening for problem gambling, and collect data about the prevalence of problem gambling behaviors among students.

Read this College Gambling Fact Sheet from the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Read here about the similarities and differences between gambling and alcohol and other drugs.

What is gambling and is it prohibited at Appalachian State?

The Appalachian State University Code of Conduct defines gambling as "Playing any game of chance/skill for money or other stakes or staking or risking money or anything of value on the outcome of a game/event involving chance, except as permitted by law." The minimum sanction for gambling in the Code is a written warning. To read more about gambling in Appalachian's Code of Student Conduct, visit the Office of Student Conduct website.

What is problem gambling?

Problem gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. The term "Problem Gambling" includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as "Pathological", or "Compulsive" Gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by 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. (From the National Council on Problem Gambling website, February 27, 2014)

How can I get help?

Are you concerned about your gambling? Worried about a friend? Take the Gambler's Anonymous Quiz and/or call the NC Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-877-718-5543.