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U of M Clinic Is Part of National Problem Gambling Awareness Week University News
For release: March 5, 2008

For press information, contact Jim Whelan

National Problem Gambling Awareness Week
During March 9-15, the Gambling Clinic of the University of Memphis is participating in the 6th Annual National Problem Gambling Awareness Week to increase knowledge about problem gambling and to inform the community of the availability and benefits of treatment for problem gambling for people experiencing such problems. A primary focus of the week will be to promote effective treatments for improving the lives of problem gamblers and their families.

“This is an especially important time to consider the role of gambling as we anticipate “March Madness," the NCAA college basketball tournament," said Dr. Jim Whelan, Clinic co-director. “During this time, many people, including adolescents and college students, will engage in sports betting. For most people, gambling is not a problem; but for some, gambling will result in potentially damaging financial, emotional, marital, legal, and psychological consequences."

Whelan said that despite the fact that sports gambling is illegal in the Mid-South, many people will place bets on the games. He added that in the Memphis metropolitan area alone, it is estimated that more than 20,000 people experience serious problems related to their gambling.

The Gambling Clinic at the University of Memphis is a non-profit organization that provides low-cost outpatient services for individuals experiencing gambling problems. The Gambling Clinic is the largest gambling treatment facility in the region and has helped more than 400 individuals take control of their gambling.

More information is available by phone 901-678-3491 or online at www.thegamblingclinic.memphis.edu.

To learn more about National Problem Gambling Awareness Week please visit www.npgaw.org

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