The rise in demand for services related to gambling addiction has been attributed to the increased accessibility of sports betting apps. This has put a strain on the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, a nonprofit organization responsible for running Florida’s addictive gambling prevention program.
Between December and January, the organization reported a 138% increase in demand for its services. With this increase in demand comes a need to keep up with the needs of Florida residents, which is no easy task. In fact, the organization anticipates receiving around 40,000 calls this fiscal year, significantly higher than the 26,000 calls received in the previous year.
The increase in demand has been particularly noticeable among young adult men, who are at a higher risk of developing gambling addiction. This demographic is likely contributing to the rise in demand for services related to gambling addiction.
Recently, Florida residents were able to legally bet on the Super Bowl for the first time. This increased accessibility to sports betting has likely contributed to the rise in demand for services related to gambling addiction. The American Gaming Association estimates that a record 67.8 million Americans placed bets on the game, further highlighting the growing popularity of sports betting.