A large percentage of Louisianans are struggling with gambling addiction, according to a new study.
The study from WalletHub examined factors such as casinos per capita, gaming machines per capita, lottery sales and gambling-related arrests. It ranked Louisiana as the 11th most gambling-addicted states, behind Nevada, ranked first; Mississippi, ranked third; and New Jersey, ranked seventh.
The study also found that Louisiana had the third highest percentage of adults with a gambling-related disorder. Gambling disorder is estimated to affect 2 percent of all Americans.
The addiction costs an estimated $6 billion per year, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling. On average, a man with a gambling addiction acquires between $55,000 and $90,000 in debt, while a woman averages $15,000.
If you or someone you know has a gambling addiction, you can call the NCPG’s national hotline at 1-800-522-4700, which is available 24/7/365.