Signs of Problem Gambling

Most people who participate in gambling do so responsibly and for entertainment. There is, however, a small percentage of the population (between 1% and 5%) whose gambling behaviours become damaging to themselves, their family or their workplace.

Gambling requires three resources: time, money and energy. Gambling becomes a problem if these resources are spent at the expense of other areas, such as personal relationships, family, employment, academics or financial commitments.


Warning Signs that gambling is becoming a problem may include:

  • Spending more time and money than intended
  • Arguing about gambling with friends and family
  • After losing, having the urge to return as soon as possible to win back losses
  • Feeling guilt or remorse about gambling
  • Borrowing money or selling assets to gamble
  • Considering illegal means of obtaining money to gamble
  • Missing work in order to gamble
  • Hiding the extent of gambling activity


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