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Do I Have a Gambling Problem?

Problem gambling is not always easy to recognize, yet it’s easy to deny. Answer a few short questions to determine if you have a gambling problem or are at risk of having one.

Signs of problem gambling

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Being preoccupied with gambling

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Feeling restless and irritable when not gambling

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Increasing bets to increase gambling excitement

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Lying or getting defensive about gambling

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Gambling to escape problems

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Risking your job, relationships and freedom

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How Gambling Hurts

People with a gambling disorder will gamble every chance they get. When they’re not gambling, they’re often thinking about it:

  • The thrill of gambling
  • The anticipation of their next “big win”
  • The friends and family members who are upset with them
  • The bills they can’t pay

Many individuals with a gambling problem find themselves in serious financial trouble, which creates tension in their relationships. Many also experience loss of friendships, depression, anxiety and GI and other health issues.

The repercussions of gambling addiction don’t end there. Children of people with a gambling disorder are at a higher risk of developing issues such as problem gambling, alcohol and drug use, eating disorders, depression and even suicide.

Identifying problem gambling in others

Learn how to recognize the signs of a gambling addiction in teens, older adults and the workplace.

Problem Gambling

in Teens

The earlier people start gambling, the more likely they are to develop a gambling problem. And for underage teens, gambling is illegal.

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in Older Adults

Older adults with gambling problems are less likely to seek help than younger ones and may be more vulnerable due to cognitive decline.

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in the Workplace

With legal gambling now an everyday part of our culture, it’s important for employers to recognize signs of problem gambling.

Now What?

The first step to recovery is recognizing that a gambling
problem exists. The second is seeking help.