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Signs of problem gambling

The following changes in behaviour may indicate a problem with gambling:

  • spending more time or money than intended
  • arguing with family and friends after gambling
  • after losing, having an urge to return as soon as possible to win back losses
  • feeling guilty or remorseful about gambling
  • borrowing money or selling assets to gamble
  • obtaining money to gamble through illegal means
  • missing work or other commitments to gamble
  • hiding the extent of their gambling.

Responsible gambling tips

The key to being a responsible gambler is to stay in control and remember that gambling is just a game.

Tips for gamblers:

  • Gamble for the fun of it, not for the money.
  • Don’t gamble to escape stress or boredom.
  • Set yourself a limit and don’t exceed it.
  • Don’t chase your losses. Leave. Walk away.
  • Gamble only what you can afford to lose.
  • Never borrow money to gamble.
  • Stay in control and think of the people who need your support.

Find out more

Download the ‘You can control your gambling’ self-help guide to learn more about identifying and reducing the impact of problem gambling.

Gambling help

Get the support you need from Gambling Help 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Call 1800 858 858 or visit

Gambling Help Queensland website

Gambling help is just a click away

If you’re, or someone you know is, experiencing problems with gambling, visit Gambling Help Queensland for helpful information and to connect with support services online, face-to-face and over-the-phone.

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Last updated:
20 July 2018
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