Although this week is the 19th annual Responsible Gaming Education Week, responsible gaming is something that is important year-round. The goal is to showcase multiple approaches and programs that promote responsible gaming across America. The week focuses on researching every angle of gaming and gambling and potential prevention methods worth pursuing. Some of the best minds join forces to produce and distribute education materials, run employee trainings, and discuss possible treatment plans for individuals who need help with problem gambling.
The American Gaming Association (AGA) strives to increase education about responsible gaming. There are multiple downloadable resources and tools available on AmericanGaming.org intended to spread awareness and knowledge to those in need. This process is truly a team effort and has proven beneficial for almost two decades.
The AGA and its members pledge to make responsible gaming a critical part of everyday operations in the US. These specific commitments include:
- Promoting responsible gaming by making resources readily available. This includes information on treatment options and toll-free helplines (just like the one we offer here at the CCGNJ, 1-800-GAMBLER).
- Preventing underage gambling. Unattended minors in casinos can become a serious issue. AGA strives to communicate the legal age through multiple mediums and to implement trainings outlining the proper way to deal with underage children and unattended minors at casinos.
- Responsible casino gambling advertising. This code of conduct refers to marketing and advertising of casino gambling by AGA member companies.
- Casino gambling advertisements will not contain endorsements intended to be appealing to children and minors.
- Casino gambling advertising and marketing WILL contain a toll-free help line number where practical and comply with all state and federal standards.
(i.e. Call 1-800-GAMBLER if you need help with casino gambling in AC / NJ)
- Serving Alcoholic Beverages Responsibly.
- AGA casino companies will not knowingly serve alcoholic beverages to a minor or a visibly intoxicated individual.
- Casinos will make serious efforts to prevent visibly intoxicated patrons to partake in casino gambling.
If you know somebody who’s looking into how to gamble in NJ, PA, NY or anywhere in the US, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey can assist by sharing factual resources such as pamphlets or PDF files. We also connect people to support groups in their area and provide a 24/7 phone line and text line. Casino gambling in AC can become overwhelming. To speak to a specialist, call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit http://800gambler.org for more information on responsible gaming and treatment options for gaming addiction.