Like substance use, gambling can lead to unintended consequences if the behavior gets out of hand. The ATOD Prevention Center is here to help Towson University students prevent negative consequences and help those with problems get the help they need. 

What is Gambling?

Gambling is risking money or something of material value on something with an uncertain outcome in the hopes of winning additional money or something of material value.

Forms of gambling include but are not limited to:

  • buying a lottery ticket
  • casino table games
  • sports betting  

What is Problem Gambling?

Problem gambling–or gambling addiction–includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits. The symptoms include increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, “chasing” losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.

In extreme cases, problem gambling can result in financial ruin, legal problems, loss of career and family, or even suicide.

Responsible Gambling Strategies

  • know the game, the odds and the house edge
  • expect to lose
  • make a plan (limit your time and money)
  • know the risks and respect your tolerance
  • gamble with a friend and hold each other accountable
  • never borrow money to gamble, use a credit card, or place bets you can’t afford
  • set a timer to keep track of your time gambling
  • balance gambling with other activities
  • view gambling as a form of entertainment (not a way to make money)
  • take break when gambling is no longer fun


Tigers...remember to PAWS

  • Plan ahead
  • Always know your limit
  • Wait to play/wager again
  • Stop while you're ahead or not having fun 

Did you know? 6% of college students nationally have a gambling problem.

Engaging in responsible gambling includes paying attention to your financial wellness. To enhance your financial wellness, we created a series of videos on financial literacy. Check out all 5 videos in the series on our YouTube page below.

Take a free, confidential quiz to evaluate your gambling behavior.

National Council on Problem Gambling Screening Tools

We’re Here to Help

If you or another Towson University student you know is having a problem with gambling, the ATOD Prevention Center offers free and confidential counseling. To make an appointment, call the Towson University Counseling Center at 410-704-2512 and ask to meet with Zack or Emily.

Other Resources

  • Connection to treatment and support
  • 24/7 helpline: 1-800-Gambler (1-800-426-2537)
  • Connection to treatment, support, and education
  • Helpline: 1-800-522-4700