MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Gambling addiction experts are advising those who enjoy sports betting to recognize the signs of addiction before Super Bowl LVII.
Dr. James Whelan is a professor in the Play Education Institute at the University of Memphis. He said some signs of gambling addiction are financial problems, anger when losing bets and lying to others.
“One of them is just a pawnbroker,” Whelan said. “Looking for ways to bet. Looking for what your best options are. Spend a lot of time and energy thinking about it.”
He said that avoiding gambling altogether may be the best option for those with gambling addiction.
“If they’re worried about gambling, the best way to prevent it is to stay away from it,” Whelan said.
The University of Memphis offers an 8-week course for $300 for those struggling with gambling addiction. He said if a person can’t afford the cost, they can get help by visiting the university website or email [email protected]
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