Coalition Strategies


Problem Gambling Prevention

Gambling is defined as any betting or wagering for oneself or others, whether or not for money, no matter how slight or insignificant, in which the outcome is uncertain or depends on skill or chance.

Problem gambling refers to the urge to gamble, despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. This definition may also include the condition known as "pathological gambling,” a progressive addiction whereby a person gambles compulsively to such an extent that the activity has a severe negative effect on his/ her job, relationships, mental health and/or other important aspects of life.

PreventionFIRST! has convened a Task Force with prevention and treatment partners in Hamilton County to assess, plan, implement and evaluate gambling strategies and interventions.

Also, Southwest Ohio Gambling Prevention Services, a regional effort, was established in 2015 to promote prevention, treatment and intervention around problem gambling and to impact community gambling policies and procedures.  The southwest region encompasses 15 counties including Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren.

According to a recent telephone survey done by Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG), in Hamilton County 11.3% of gamblers are at risk for becoming problem gamblers.  Targeted prevention activities may be beneficial to these individuals, because it is estimated that approximately 10% of problem gamblers will seek treatment.  Fifty five and a half percent of adults 18 and older in Hamilton County participate in some type of gambling.

According to the PreventionFIRST! 2014 Student Drug Use Survey, 9.6% of 7th-12th graders reported gambling at a casino, neighborhood or convenience store, the internet or on harness racing and 9.9% report gambling at a community festival, concert or other event. To reach adolescents, a more universal prevention message, like the following campaign message, is appropriate.


Are you at risk?  Click here to take the quiz.


Healthy Hints:

- Low-Risk Gambling

- Gift Responsibly

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohio for Responsible Gambling – Be the 95% Campaign

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Ohio for Responsible Gambling

Drug Free Action Alliance – Smart Bet

National Council on Problem Gambling


For FREE confidential help 24/7, please contact the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966.