Gambling Support Group:

  • Gamblers Anonymous – Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm and Sat. @ 3:00-4:00pm, 401 S. 11th St., St. Joseph, MO.
  • Gamblers Anonymous/Support meetings – Sunday, 7pm, Ashland United Methodist Church, 2711 Ashland, St. Joseph, MO

An estimated 5.6% of college students are problem gamblers (Shaffer, 2001). This is more than double the rate of problem gambling among the overall adult population.

Every semester students drop-out because of gambling problems. They find themselves in a financial mess, they are stressed-out, they miss class, and they often feel angry, shameful, and depressed.

The following are some signs of a possible gambling problem:

  • Gambling more often
  • Gambling for more money
  • Gambling for longer periods of time
  • Gambling in spite of negative consequences, such as large losses or poor grades
  • Gambling as a way to cope

Recognizing gambling problems among your friends:

  • Unexplained absences/sudden drop in grades
  • Change of personality/ visible changes in behavior
  • Possession of a large amount of money; brags about winnings
  • An unusual interest in sports scores or stats
  • An intense interest in gambling conversations
  • Unexplained financial problems or clues about financial problems (borrowing money)


Seventy-three percent of MWSU students do not gamble.

PIP Staff

Katie Jeffers

Steve Potter