How to Recognize Problem Gambling?

  • Gamblers who are experiencing problems may go to great lengths to deny or cover up their problem. Here are some warning signs that may indicate that gambling has become a problem.
  • Gambling for longer and longer periods of time
  • “Chasing losses” – gambling more often to “win back” lost money
  • Neglecting family/personal needs to gamble
  • Growing debt from gambling
  • Absence from school, work or important social activities to gamble
  • Gambling to escape daily pressures and obligations
  • Involvement in illegal activities to finance gambling
  • Lying about the extent of gambling involvement

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