Tax Season is Upon Us: Can Gambling Losses Be Deducted?

It’s that time of year again: tax filing season. While gathering your receipts, W-2s, and 1099s, you may wonder what income and expenses you have to report, what you can deduct, and what may be different this year. You are not alone. The biggest tax reform legislation in more than 30 years became effective on…read more

Think Twice Before Placing Bets on the Playoff Picture

It’s Week 16 of the NFL 2018 Regular Season, and we’re coming down to the wire. The last two weeks of games were filled with upsets that shook the playoff picture, including the one that still has South Florida abuzz – the Miracle in Miami. Favored by 9 points, the New England Patriots kicked a…read more

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

HONORING OUR NATION’S FINEST

HONORING OUR NATION’S FINEST November 9, 2017 Each year our country takes a collective pause and honors our Veterans. Over the course of American history, no group has given more to preserve, protect, and honor American values and our way of life. For many around the world, America is a symbol for freedom and democracy….read more

10 Tips for Family Caregivers

10 Tips for Family Caregivers November 3, 2017 In 1997 President Clinton signed the first National Family Caregivers Month Presidential Proclamation and every president since has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers each November. As our loved ones age, it’s important that the care given to them is healthy…read more

Domestic Violence, it’s a Bigger Problem Than You Think

Domestic Violence, it’s a Bigger Problem Than You Think October 12, 2017 It’s October, which means that it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each year, The FCCG joins millions of other voices to raise awareness concerning the epidemic that is domestic violence as it has a strong correlation with problem gambling. Domestic violence is a…read more

Your Mind Matters. Talk About It.

Your Mind Matters. Talk About It. October 2, 2017 Sadly, we kicked off Mental Illness Awareness Week with a mass shooting. With each passing mass shooting, the conversation turns towards the issue of mental health. While we have no definitive proof that mental illness was a contributing factor to this tragedy —as it seems one…read more

Suicide Prevention Week

Suicide Prevention Week September 14, 2017 Suicide in the United States, especially when you factor in the standard of living and amenities provided for everyday Americans, is teetering on an epidemic. Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 3 decades, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in…read more

September is Recovery Month

September is Recovery Month September 5, 2017   The Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the driving force behind National Recovery Month which is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that proper treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental health and/or substance use disorder to live…read more

5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Mood for National Happiness Day

5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Mood for National Happiness Day August 11, 2017   National Happiness Day is celebrated in the beginning of August. Here are some simple tips you can implement to improve your mood and well-being.   Get Moving! Regular exercise has been linked to improved moods and overall health….read more

Big Losses, Fraud, and Problem Gambling

Big Losses, Fraud, and Problem Gambling August 11, 2017 While the average debt of our helpline callers is about $50,000, that is nothing compared to what some people have lost during bouts of high stakes gambling. Take Harry Kakavas for example. Kakavas made his fortune selling real estate on Australia’s Gold Coast and is considered…read more

Have the Conversation: National Purposeful Parenting Month

Have the Conversation: National Purposeful Parenting Month July 20, 2017 July is National Purposeful Parenting Month, which strives to build strong, positive, and healthy relationships between parents and their children. One of the many goals for all parents is to emphasize healthy communication skills and teach their children independence. The world is a more complicated…read more

Minority Mental Health Month

Minority Mental Health Month July 17, 2017 July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. During the month of July, treatment professionals from around the United States engage in conversation and awareness efforts promoting mental health. In American culture, there is a negative stigma surrounding mental health. Often, in Hispanic communities, that stigma is intensified. …read more