Gambling Prevention

Together, we can work toward a future without problem gambling.

You(th) Decide NY

YOU(th) Decide, a program through the New York Council on Problem Gambling, is a multi-dimensional prevention effort aimed at reducing underage gambling in New York State.  BRiDGES, Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc. implements this program in Madison County. This month we are taking time to celebrate the many individuals, groups, and businesses who have helped spread awareness about the risks of underage gambling and have been willing to support reducing youth access to gambling activities.  

YOU(th) Decide aims to increase awareness of underage gambling among parents and community leaders, like yourself. We accomplish this, in part, by offering educational sessions for teens, encouraging young people to speak with their community leaders about underage gambling, distributing information to parents, and educating about the benefits of reducing youth access to gambling. Having YOU(th) Decide in Madison County is important because 39.5% of New York State Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 have gambled in the past year and nearly 30% of these youth stated they began gambling at age 10 or younger. 

Consequences of underage gambling include increased risk for delinquency, crime, substance abuse, and addiction. 


BRiDGES and YOU(th) Decide are grateful for this community and its dedication to spreading awareness and taking action to benefit young people!

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Thank you to all of those who have helped spread awareness about the risks of underage gambling.
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Thank you for signing a resolution of support for Youth Decide: 
Thank you for adding language prohibiting gambling to their student code of conduct:
Thank you to the schools who helped us in presenting to their students and/or distributing educational information to their students about the risks of underage gambling:
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Problem Gambling.

If you're suffering from it, you are not alone.

Gambling disorder affects men and women, young and old, of all backgrounds, ethnicities and lifestyles. People gamble for various reasons, and they do so in many different ways. Some gamble for thrill, and others seek an escape. Many gamble socially, while others gamble in isolation.

Too often, gambling is the “hidden addiction” that goes unnoticed by family members and friends until physical, financial and emotional consequences have stacked up.

But there’s good news: help for problem gambling is available, and recovery is possible.

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YOU(th) Decide NY was recognized for “Excellence in Prevention” at the 2016 National Conference on Problem Gambling.  For more  information about the YOU(th) Decide Project click below.

The NYS HOPEline is a telephone support and referral line that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained masters level clinicians are available to answer your questions and help find you problem gambling treatment and/ or self-help in your area. Whether you are struggling with gambling, alcohol, drugs or suicide, anonymous and confidential support is available.

Call the toll-free OASAS HOPEline at 1-877-846-7369.  

All calls are confidential.


A Gambling Disorder leads to financial, emotional, social, occupational and physical harm. Problem gambling can affect anyone, however some groups may be disproportionally impacted. Know the populations that are at higher risk for problem gambling.


Individuals with gambling problems have high rates of suicidal ideation. Healthcare providers should always assess for suicide among those who screen positive for problem gambling. Problem gambling requires specialized education to treat effectively. Know how/where to refer patients to specialized problem gambling service providers.

For more information contact the National Council on Problem Gambling, or the NYS Council on Problem Gambling.