Gambling Prevention

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

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.

You(th) Decide NY

You(th) Decide NY was developed to help teenaged youth understand the realities and the potential consequences of gambling, and to empower them to share their knowledge with their peers, parents and communities. 

  • 68% of America's youth between the ages of 14 & 21 have gambled in the last year.

  • 11% gambled 2x or more per week.

  • 6.5% have developed or are at risk for a gambling problem.

There are a number of things that we can do in our own communities to help prevent underage gambling:

  • Increase youth awareness that media messages are constructed using specific techniques to convey meaning and affect the viewer/listener’s beliefs and actions.

  • Help youth understand the realities and potential negative consequences of gambling.

  • Decrease youth exposure to gambling and gambling advertising at community events, school, etc.

You(th) Decide NY provides a number of resources for teens, parents and communities who want to help in the effort to prevent underage gambling:

  • Informational materials such as palm cards, brochures and posters.

  • Myths and facts about gambling and gambling addiction.

  • Up to date news and research surrounding underage gambling. 


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.