Do you think it's OK to gamble with money set aside for food, rent or tuition?
If you answered yes, you might -- and let's stress might -- have a gambling problem.
Almost 7% of adults aged 18 to 24 have moderate to severe gambling habits. True or false.
If you answered "true," you are one step closer to knowing the score.
Set up a colourful booth in the middle of a busy college campus and you might be surprised by the answers you do get when you throw out questions about gambling, responsible or otherwise.
That is exactly what Know the Score2 did yesterday and plans to do again today in the Tecumseh foyer at Niagara College's Welland campus.
The provincially-funded initiative has not come to preach, lecture or convince anybody about the pros and cons of gambling. The goal is to educate.
Monika Singh, a spokesperson for kts2, said the initiative is administered through the Responsible Gambling Council and aimed at 18-to 24-yearolds.
She said the program has been successful in getting face-to-face with young adults to talk about issues related to gambling.
Singh said kts2 builds on the success of kts by incorporating Bluetooth technology and taking advantage of social networking sites such as Facebook.
By filling out a simple survey, students can examine and challenge ideas they personally hold with respect to gambling -- not just casino gambling but gambling of all types.
"It's everything from online poker to scratch tickets," Singh said.
Kts is also a great starting point for dialogue -- and in some cases, the first step to receiving help.
"It's a great way to interact peer to peer," Singh said. "People have taken great interest. They stop by to share their stories and provide insight."
Singh said kts2 representatives don't diagnose problem gamblers, but they can point those who think they might have a gambling problem to a 24-hour gambling support services hotline.
"We generally get a couple of hundred people stop by in the course of a day," she said.
"The program takes a soft approach to problem gambling.
"We are not promoting responsible gambling and we are not antigambling.
"The driving force here is the prevention of problem gambling."
Lisa Couperus, manager of special projects and programs at the Responsible Gambling Council, said the council is always looking at new ways to extend the reach of its message.
"It is critical that young adults who are at risk of developing a gambling problem have the knowledge and support to make informed decisions," Couperus said. "With this age group, connectivity is the thing."
The travelling university and college tour will be heading to Niagara College's Niagara-on-the-Lake campus tomorrow and Thursday.
Know the Score was created and developed in 2001 and has been delivered 300 times to 225,000 students on 91 campuses across Canada.