Most people gamble from time to time without harm. However for some gambling turns from something fun into a problem. Problem gambling can affect personal finances, relationships, employment, education as well as mental and physical health.
Here are some indicators that gambling may be a problem for you:
- If you spend more time and money on gambling than you can afford.
- If you think a lot about gambling, e.g. planning the next session or reliving past sessions.
- If you feel restless, irritable or uneasy when you try to stop or cut down on gambling.
- If you are gambling to get away from problems or feelings such as sadness.
- If you are not being honest with others about your gambling, e.g. how much you have won or lost or that you have been gambling.
- If you have taken part in something illegal in order to obtain money to gamble with.
- If you have relied on other people to help with financial pressures caused by gambling.
- If your relationship, job or education is suffering due to your gambling.