According to the 2013 Massachusetts Statewide Gambling Behavior, Opinions, and Needs Assessment: A study of Gambling and Problem Gambling in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Asians are significantly less likely to gamble in comparison to the general population. However, among those who do, they are significantly more likely to be Probable Pathological gamblers* in comparison to the state average. The Asian population is very diverse across nationalities, language, geography, and education.
Recent immigrants are at especially high-risk for gambling addiction. Facing language barriers and limited social venues, many turn to gambling to cope with stress or to seek excitement. The helpline is answered in English, but translators are available in every language.
To address the issues, the Council began to reach out to the Asian American community in Massachusetts in 2006 to build support and resources.