An Introduction to Problem Gambling Prevention

An Introduction to Problem Gambling Prevention

Approximately 6 million (3%) of U.S. adults engage in problem gambling each year. PS@EDC understands that problem gambling is not a stand-alone issue; it disproportionately affects those with substance use or mental health disorders and those most affected by income, housing, and educational disparities. This webinar offers an introduction to problem gambling, including an overview of factors that place individuals and opportunities to intervene.

Please contact us for more information on scheduling a webinar.


State and community-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and other public health professionals


1.5 hours

Learning Objectives
  • Define the nature of problem gambling across the life span
  • Describe factors that increase risk for problem gambling
  • Describe the relationship of problem gambling to substance misuse
Training Content
  • The Nature of Problem Gambling: Definitions and Data
    • Types of gambling
    • Key definitions
    • Populations at risk
  • Risk Factors for Problem Gambling
    • Individual-level risk factors
    • Family/peer risk factors
    • Community risk factors
    • Social determinants of health
  • Intersection of Problem Gambling and Substance Misuse
    • Understanding co-occurrence and co-morbidity
    • Identifying shared risk factors