AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Gambling addiction was the topic of a brown bag luncheon at UMass Amherst today.
The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling hosted the event, called " Interpersonal Guilt and Pathological Gambling Among College Students."
The luncheon featured Geoffrey Locke, an adjunct professor at Smith College's School for Social Work, as the keynote speaker.
Locke told 22News it's possible to have a gambling problem without ever entering a casino.
"In many ways we already have a very large gambling problem in our state. You can walk into any store and see the line of people gambling so this will be one more opportunity amongst many that we already have," said Geoffrey Locke.
Compulsive gambling is a hidden addiction with no obvious physical signs.
For ways you can recognize the signs of an addiction, click here .