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Number of calls to problem gambling hotline drop in 2013

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The number of calls to a statewide helpline for compulsive gamblers was down last year by around 500.

Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling Rose Gruber says the 24-7 helpline is very significant. By the time the call is made, the impact of the gambling addiction has typically been felt by the gambler's family, friends, co-workers and his or her employer.

She adds that gamblers can be suicidal and those close to them may be upset. Gruber says they want to hear from many concerned friends and family members who see a problem and are seeking information.

The helpline is 1-800-GAMBLE-5.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)