This November, New York voters will decide whether to authorize as many as seven full-service casinos throughout the State, at locations yet to be determined. Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Chairman of the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, which has jurisdiction over compulsive gambling issues, warned that increased casino gambling opportunities in New York State will lead to a serious rise in problem gambling. According to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, gambling addictions increase by approximately ten percent within a 50-mile radius of new casinos. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that a problem gambler costs society $13,586 each year, whereas other studies put that figure as high as $52,000. The Assemblyman says that additional casinos will raise the chances of increased drug addiction, domestic violence, and crime. Cymbrowitz added that New York State already has one million problem gamblers.