In a survey of nearly 400 Gamblers Anonymous members, 28 percent reported being either separated or divorced as a direct result of their gambling problems.
The National Gambling Impact Study Commission reported that it received “abundant testimony and evidence that compulsive gambling introduces a greatly heightened level of stress and tension into marriages and families, often culminating in divorce and other manifestations of familial disharmony.”
The number of divorces in Harrison County, Mississippi, has nearly tripled since the introduction of casinos. The county, which is home to ten casinos, has averaged an additional 850 divorces per year since casinos arrived.
A nationwide survey undertaken for the National Gambling Impact Study Commission found that “respondents representing 2 million adults identified a spouse’s gambling as a significant factor in a prior divorce.”