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Problem Gambling Awareness Month: A great time to learn warning signs

March is here, which means tournament season is upon us. While many excited fans can healthily watch who will emerge victorious as this year’s basketball champions, others may be triggered by March Madness and put their financial and mental health in jeopardy.
With this month being Problem Gambling Awareness Month, Attorney General Jeff Landry is encouraging citizens to learn the warning signs of problem gambling. To help do so, the Louisiana Department of Justice is issuing a 30-second public service announcement on the signs and symptoms of problem gambling.
The short HD video is available for download and broadcast immediately at www.dropbox.com/s/s33rj1wrxiy8y8b/Signs%20of%20Problem%20Gambling.mp4?dl=0. The video title is Signs of Problem Gambling.mp4.
“Problem gambling affects people of all races, creeds and religions,” said Attorney General Landry. “By educating our State’s people of the warning signs of problem gambling, my office and I hope to make Louisiana a safer place.”
In addition to the issues in the aforementioned public service announcement, Attorney General Landry offers the following warning signs of problem gambling:

·      Frequent absences from home and work.

·      Increased preoccupation with gambling.

·      An urge to gamble more money and more frequently.

·      Betting more to try to recover losses.

·      Asking to borrow money to cover gambling debts.

·      Restlessness or irritably when trying to stop gambling.

 

As noted in the Problem Gambling PSA, Attorney General Landry encourages all who think they or loved ones may have gambling problems to call the FREE hotline 877-770-STOP or visit www.FreeGamblingHelpLA.org.