Responsible Gambling During the Holidays: Why Lottery Tickets Make Dangerous Gifts for Minors

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) joins the National Council on Problem Gambling and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University in raising awareness regarding the risks of underage lottery play during the holiday season. Today, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is raising awareness about responsible gambling…read more

Don’t Count On A “Lucky Break”

The smell of turkey and football is in the air – it’s starting to look a lot like thanksgiving! In this thanksgiving themed blog post, we’re sharing the history behind the “wish bone” and insight as to why you might want to pass when it comes to betting on rivalry weekend. Come On, Give Me…read more

Blurred Lines: Gaming vs. Gambling Addiction

Addiction to gaming is described in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is used by mental health professionals to diagnose mental disorders. The DSM-5 notes that gaming must cause “significant impairment or distress” in several aspects of a person’s life including, but not limited to: an uncontrollable desire…read more

Combatting Gambling Addiction: Everyone’s Mission

As we enter Veterans Day weekend, let us begin to reflect and honor the sacrifices made by U.S military personnel and their loved ones to defend our freedom and democracy. Veterans: From all of us here at the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling – Thank you for your service.   To be a veteran in…read more

How Sports Betting Pools Risk More Than Money

Can you believe that the football season is already almost half over? Is it going the way you expected? What has been the biggest surprise so far? It’s not easy to predict the winner of all 256 regular-season NFL games – let alone the spirited matchups in the arguably more volatile college football season. It’s…read more

Speak Out Against Domestic Violence!

Defining Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.1 Domestic violence does not discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, nationality, religion, or social status. In the…read more

These are Not the Only Players in the Game

Football is here in full force! The preseason rankings are starting to show their true colors, and the top teams in both pro and college leagues are being defined. You can still count on plenty of upsets throughout the remainder of the season, but even the pundits can’t predict when or how they will happen….read more

World Suicide Prevention Day: #BeThe1To Make a Difference

Suicide: A Growing Health Concern Suicide is a public health issue that does not discriminate against age or ethnicity and can impact anyone regardless of their social or economic status. In Florida, it is believed that one person dies by suicide every three hours. Unfortunately, that number is rising.1 While there is no single cause…read more

Super Mario™ Slot Machine Toy is Inappropriate in McDonald’s® Happy Meals®

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) joins the National Council on Problem Gambling by calling upon Nintendo® of America and McDonald’s® to stop marketing their Slot Machine Super Mario™ toy to children in McDonald’s® Happy Meals®. Today, Jennifer Kruse, Executive Director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG), joined the National Council on…read more

The Kids are Back in School. Here’s How They May Be Exposed to Gambling.

There is no question about it – kids love summer break! While your little ones aren’t always excited about the beginning of the new school year, it may bring peace to your daily schedule. For you and your children, “Back to School” is an annual tradition of transition. Whether it’s moving up a grade or…read more

New Year, New Beginning

New Year, New Beginning December 30, 2016 We are at that time of year again – the time of year where people start crafting their resolutions for the upcoming year. Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Do you want to see how your resolution matches up with everyone else? Here are the top five…read more

MO MONEY, MO PROBLEMS – WHAT TO DO WITH THAT EXTRA HOLIDAY CASH

MO MONEY, MO PROBLEMS WHAT TO DO WITH THAT EXTRA HOLIDAY CASH December 28, 2016   On the surface, the world is full of holiday cheer during the month of December. However, holidays are often difficult for people who are struggling with a gambling addiction. The month of December brings about a certain level of…read more

Recovery Path

Recovery Path November 29, 2016 Each day, our organization answers Helpline calls from all over the state. Over the years, we have got a pretty full picture of how problem gambling affects our community. Let’s try an exercise. I want you to picture your stereotypical gambling addict. For just 5 seconds, close your eyes and…read more

Veteran’s Day

As Veteran’s Day descends upon us, we must collectively take a moment an honor them brave men and women that have served our country. There are over 20 million living veterans in the United States, so chances are you know one of these brave Americans. It doesn’t take much, but make a plan today to…read more

The Power of Support Groups

The Power of Support Groups October 27, 2016   The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) is committed to increasing public awareness about problem and compulsive gambling.  The FCCG provides services and support to those in need of assistance to help improve their lives. For problem gamblers, support groups are often a critical part of…read more

7 Facts About Domestic Violence

7 Facts About Domestic Violence October 24, 2016   October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Around the country, different groups put on various marches, races, auctions, and events to raise money and awareness in order to combat a growing problem. Here at the Florida Council, we come across instances of domestic violence due to the…read more

National Take a Break Day – 7 Things you can do Instead of Gambling

National Take a Break Day – 7 Things you can do Instead of Gambling September 29, 2016   September 29 is National Take a Break from Gambling Day. As a nonprofit that helps Floridians who are negatively impacted by problem gambling, we encourage people to think of alternative and healthy ways to spend their day instead of gambling.   We are…read more

Suicide & Problem Gambling

Suicide & Problem Gambling September 6, 2016 When people think about dangerous addictions, they immediately turn to heroin, cocaine, bath salts or other hard drugs. And while those drugs definitely carry with them an extreme degree of risk, when it comes to addiction there is another player in the lethality category. Gambling. If you are…read more

Debt and Gambling

Debt and Gambling August 22, 2016 In our last blog post, we spoke about understanding the human side of gambling. Metadata will paint the picture as to the scope of the problem and its place in society. For example, if you were to learn that just 900 people report being addicted to Pokemon Go, in…read more

The Importance of the Betty White Story

The Importance of the Betty White Story August 10, 2016 A little over a year ago, we produced a video detailing one woman’s account of living with a gambling addict. Betty White, a native of Tennessee, survived a deadly attack from her husband, who was suffering from a gambling addiction. In just one year, our…read more