Gambling can take the form of pokies, lotto, scratchies, card games, racing or other forms of betting. Each year, 70% of Australians participate in some type of gambling, but for some, gambling can quickly become a problem.
Problem gambling does not have to mean you are totally out of control; it is any gambling behaviour that disrupts your life, or the life of your loved ones. The impacts of problem gambling can be far reaching and may include:
For many, accepting that their gambling is becoming a problem can be difficult.
Below are some signs that gambling may have become a problem for you.
Taking steps to get help to overcome gambling problems can help you regain control of your money, time and life, and reduce the impacts on your mental health, family, and relationships.
If you are concerned about your gambling or someone else’s, below are some places to go for information and support:
For Crisis Support contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or via text on 0477 13 11 14 (available 24/7).