Recognising Problem Gambling

What is problem gambling?

Problem gambling is an urge to gamble continuously despite clear harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling can be defined by harm experienced by the gambler and/or others.

Is your gambling causing problems for you or others around you?

The following signs may indicate a problem:

  1. Spending more money and time on gambling than you can afford.
  2. Finding it hard to manage or stop your gambling.
  3. Having arguments with family or friends about money and gambling.
  4. Losing interest in usual activities or hobbies like going out with friends or spending time with family.
  5. Always thinking or talking about gambling.
  6. Lying about your gambling or hiding it from other people.
  7. Chasing losses or gambling to get out of financial trouble.
  8. Gambling until all of your money is gone.
  9. Borrowing money, selling possessions or not paying bills in order to pay for gambling.
  10. Needing to gamble with larger amounts of money or for a longer time to get the same feeling of excitement or buzz.
  11. Neglecting work, school, family, personal needs or household responsibilities because of gambling.
  12. Feeling anxious, worried, guilty, depressed or irritable.

Read our Self-Assessment section to help you recognise whether you may have a problem with gambling.

Alternatively, please visit GamCare and take their self-assessment test by clicking here.

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