The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is struggling to meet the increased demand for its services due to the rise in popularity of sports betting apps. This nonprofit organization has reported a 138% increase in demand from December to January, which comes at a time when the organization is already strained by the needs of Florida residents.
According to NBC6 affiliate WPTV, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling anticipates receiving around 40,000 calls this fiscal year, significantly higher than the 26,000 calls received in the previous year. The organization has noted a significant increase in calls from young adult men, indicating that this demographic is particularly at risk for gambling addiction.
The American Gaming Association estimates that a record 67.8 million Americans placed bets on the Super Bowl, which was legalized in Florida for the first time this year. This increased accessibility to sports betting has likely contributed to the rise in demand for services to address gambling addiction. Despite these challenges, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling remains committed to providing support and resources to those struggling with gambling addiction.