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CCGNJ Advises Gamblers on the Link Between Problem Gambling and Alcohol

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Updated 7:00 AM CST, Wed, December 20,2017

Hamilton, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 12/20/2017 -- The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) continues to offer support, treatment and hope for residents of New Jersey who are struggling with a gambling disorder. The CCGNJ would like to take this opportunity to advise those betting on sports in Atlantic City as well as other gamblers on the link between problem gambling and alcohol use.

Problem gamblers can be susceptible to the dependence and misuse of alcohol: The rate of disordered alcohol use for people with a gambling problem is four times that of those without. Likewise, people with an alcohol dependency have a higher chance of developing disordered gambling behavior (23 times that of the general population).

Neva Pryor, Executive Director of the CCGNJ, said, "Disordered gamblers might use alcohol to celebrate a big win or to alleviate the depression following a significant loss." She added, "The reduction of inhibition that alcohol intoxication brings on can lead to ill-advised decision making when gambling, including risking more than the gambler can afford or chasing losses."

She concluded, "At 800-GAMBLER, we offer support, treatment, and hope to problem gamblers, and connect them to resources like substance recovery programs if alcohol use is part of their disorder."

Anyone who would like to find out more regarding the link between problem gambling and alcohol misuse, as well as how to avoid potential gambling issues such as disordered illegal sports betting in Atlantic City, NJ, may contact the CCGNJ. Call their hotline by dialing 800-GAMBLER or visit them online at

About The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey is a non-profit, private organization dedicated to helping individuals seek help for their disordered gambling problem, and for concerned friends and loved ones to confidentially express their concerns about someone close to them. Their 24/7 hotline is 800-GAMBLER. The Council also works to train professionals in the fields of gambling addiction and recovery.

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