As the excitement builds for Super Bowl 58, Americans are gearing up to make their bets. With a record-breaking 26% of the population expected to place bets on the big game, it’s clear that sports betting has become increasingly popular in recent years.
This surge in popularity has also led to a rise in gambling addiction across the nation. According to Matt Perdue, medical director for Frontier Psychiatry in Billings, about 1% of the population is suspected to have a gambling disorder. This equates to approximately 3.4 million Americans, and the ease of access to gambling platforms is causing concern among health professionals.
Despite these concerns, individuals like Wyatt Burns and Kevin Curley at Shooters Bar and Grill in Billings are looking forward to placing bets on their favorite teams. For them, having a bet on the line makes the game more exciting and enjoyable. However, they understand that gambling requires self-control and can lead to addictive behavior if not approached responsibly.
Perdue also pointed out that Montana has followed the nationwide trend of setting records each year for revenue collected from gambling since legalizing sports betting in 2019. However, with limited data available due to its relative newness, monitoring potential concerns moving forward is essential.
As people prepare for Super Bowl 58, it’s important for them to be aware of the risks associated with gambling and approach it responsibly. With proper self-control and caution, individuals can enjoy betting as a fun activity without falling victim to addiction or other negative consequences.