As sports betting apps have made it easier for consumers to place their bets, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is struggling to keep up with the increased demand for its services. In January, the nonprofit reported a 138% increase in demand from December. This surge in demand has put a strain on the organization, which is already struggling to meet the needs of Florida residents.
The organization anticipates receiving around 40,000 calls this fiscal year, which is significantly higher than the 26,000 calls received in the previous year. Young adult men are particularly at risk for gambling addiction and have been calling in large numbers. The increase in calls from this demographic has put a strain on the organization’s resources.
Recently, Florida residents were able to legally bet on the Super Bowl for the first time. The American Gaming Association estimates that a record 67.8 million Americans placed bets on the game. This increased accessibility to sports betting has likely contributed to the rise in demand for services to address gambling addiction.