Signs of problem gambling

If someone displays the following behavioural changes, it may indicate they have a gambling problem:

  • spending more time or money than intended
  • arguing with family and friends after gambling
  • after losing at gambling, 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.

These tips may help:

  • Don't let the game play you.
  • 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.

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