Useful Definitions
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Gambling

Gambling is the wagering of money or something of material value on an event with an uncertain outcome with the hope of winning something of even greater value.

Problem Gambling

Problem gambling is an impulse to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop.

Disordered Gambling

Disordered gambling is persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior leading to impairment or distress.  It can be classified as mild, moderate, or sever and can be episodic.  It is also called gambling addiction or compulsive gambling.

The American Psychiatric Association in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines disordered gambling as an addictive disorder.

Responsible Gambling

Responsible gambling is the provision of gambling services in a way that seeks to minimize the harm to customers and the community associated with gambling.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling is to promote the health of Oregonians by supporting efforts to minimize gambling related harm.
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