Seventy-five percent of college students gambled during the past year (whether legally or illegally, on campus or off). While the vast majority of those old enough to legally gamble can do so responsibly, the most recent research estimates that 6 percent of college students in the U.S. have a serious gambling problem that can result in psychological difficulties, unmanageable debt and failing grades.

As a parent, you are influential in how your son or daughter responds to risky activities, including gambling. In this section, you can learn about gambling and gambling disorders, the warning signs of a problem, and how to start a conversation about this issue. You will also find information about college gambling policies and how you can get involved to help address this issue on your son’s or daughter’s campus.