Know someone who buys lotteries, bets in sport scores or visits the casino and jackpot club on a regular basis? Maybe you do these yourself.
How can you tell when gambling is becoming a problem for you or your loved ones?
Run down this list of 10 signs of a problem gambler to see if someone is at risk.
- Thinks or talks about gambling constantly?
- Finds it difficult to control gambling, or feels irritable when trying to do so?
- Feels empty or lost when not gambling?
- Need to gamble bigger amounts or longer, in order to get the same excitement?
- Spends time or money on gambling, in amounts that are not affordable?
- Neglects basic needs such as money for food and rent?
- Gambles to the last dollar?
- Borrows money, sells things or commits criminal acts for money to gamble?
- Gambles for income, to win back losses or to get out of financial trouble?
- Feels increasingly isolated from family and friends?
If the answer is yes to any of these, there is a risk of problem gambling. Problem gambling is not just about losing money, but also how it negatively affects someone’s life – relationships, health and work.
These are not the only behaviours that point to problem gambling. Learn more about gambling behaviour risks on National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) website, or reach out to its helpline at 1800-6-668-668 (8.00am to 11.00pm daily).