Teen gambling by substance use in Delaware

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Why This Indicator Matters

Students were asked if in the past year, they had gambled at a casino, played the lottery or scratch-off tickets, bet on team sports, played cards for money, bet money on horse races, played bingo for money, bet on dice games such as craps, gambled on the internet, bet on games of personal skill such as poot, darts or basketball, and/or bet on video games. In 2016: played fantasy sports for money was added to gambling. In 2018: removed horse race betting from gambling.

Students who report gambling tend to report higher rates of substance use than students who do not. In 2018, out of those students who reported gambling, 12% also reported smoking cigarettes in the past year. This is compared to 6% of students who report smoking in the past year out of those that do not gamble.
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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Data Source: Delaware School Survey. Center for Drug & Health Studies, University of Delaware.

Footnotes:

Gambling questions are only asked in even number years.

Gambling includes: played the lottery or scratch off tickets; bet on fantasy sports, bet on individual sports teams, played cards for money, bet on a challenge (dare, fight, race, etc.); played Bingo for money, bet on dice games such as craps; gambled on the internet; bet on games of personal skill such as pool, darts, or basketball; bet on video games

Since 1995, the Center for Drug and Health Studies at the University of Delaware has administered an annual survey to public school students about alcohol, tobacco and drug use. The Delaware School Survey is an annual survey of 5th, 8th and 11th grade public school student in Delaware. This study is the continuation of a survey that was first administered to Delaware students in Spring, 1989. Since 2004, the Delaware School Survey has been jointly sponsored by the Delaware Legislature through the Delaware Health Fund and Prevention Block Grant funding. It has become a valuable tool in assessing trends of questions on school behavior, health habits and parental interaction. In recent years, the study has shown an increased interest in safety, parental involvement, educational needs and healthy lifestyles.

Data last updated 02/2021