Florida residents are increasingly turning to sports betting apps to place their bets, but the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is struggling to meet the increased demand for its services. The nonprofit organization has reported a 138% increase in demand from December to January, which comes at a time when the organization is already struggling to keep up with the needs of Florida residents.
According to NBC6 affiliate WPTV, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling anticipates receiving around 40,000 calls this fiscal year, significantly higher than the 26,000 calls received in the previous year. The organization has noticed a significant increase in calls from young adult men, indicating that this demographic is particularly at risk for gambling addiction.
The recent legalization of sports betting in Florida has likely contributed to the rise in demand for services to address gambling addiction. The American Gaming Association estimates that a record 67.8 million Americans placed bets on the Super Bowl alone. This increased accessibility to sports betting has made it easier for consumers to place their bets, but it has also put additional strain on organizations like the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling that work to prevent and treat gambling addiction.