Online gambling has become a popular pastime among young people. According to the Annenberg Public Policy Center, almost 20% of college students play at least once a month. More than 1.7 million people are involved in online gambling. However, online gambling is not without controversy. Some states have banned it and others have passed laws to prohibit it.
The first step in stopping online gambling is to seek help from a licensed counselor. There are many organizations and states that provide help for people with a gambling addiction. These organizations can also provide referral services to local programs. A primary care physician can also refer you to the appropriate person for help. There are also online resources to find and contact a local Gamblers Anonymous group.
The legality of online gambling is still a contentious issue. While many states have passed laws that limit bank transactions with illegal gambling sites, the federal government has not defined what types of online gambling sites are legal. Until recently, many people believed that the Federal Wire Act prohibited all forms of online gambling, but this is not the case. The federal Wire Act does not prohibit online casinos, lottery sites, or poker sites.
Fortunately, the federal government is now addressing this issue with a new bill. Under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, online gambling is illegal for players who travel to another state to participate in it. The bill would also allow states to regulate gambling through the internet.