Gambling can be Entertaining, can also be Dangerous


WATERVILLE - When most people think of addictions, the thought of drugs and alcohol may come to mind first. But, there are more forms of this disease that can ruin the lives of so many.
The bright lights, fast paced games, drinking, music, and good company. Gambling can be entertaining, but for some it can also be an addiction.
Lesa Densmore is a recovering gambling addict.  She believes the activity can be a deadly one, for she once attempted suicide during her recovery process.
The Maine office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services hosted the first state wide conference on problem gambling.
In Bangor, Hollywood Casino does their best effort to make sure players don't lose control of their funds, such as leaving ATMs off the gaming floor. 
While not everyone who gambles will develop an addiction, its important to always play responsibly.
Andrew Scheinthal

Weekend Anchor/Reporter

Andrew joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 News team in June of 2012. Since a young child he always wanted to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, and is honored to start his journey in Eastern Maine. He enjoys nothing more than meeting the members of the community and sharing their stories with our viewers.

Raised in Houston, Texas, Andrew graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Communications. Before moving up to the Pine Tree State, Andrew was a student reporter for The Morning Show on New England Cable News (NECN).

When not in the newsroom, Andrew enjoys volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society. You can see him there at least once a week interacting with many of the dogs. He also enjoys cooking, reading, watching his favorite movies, and going to the gym.

Make sure to say hi when you see him on the streets, and mention Finding Nemo (his favorite movie) if you want some brownie points!

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