Signs of Problem Gambling


Signs of Problem Gambling

Most people who choose to gamble do so for fun. However, gambling can become out of control and can cause people difficulties. Much like a dependency on alcohol or other addictions, the need to gamble may overtake an individual’s life. Problem gambling is treatable and help is available through the Alberta Health Services (AHS) help-line at 1-866-332-2322.

How do you recognize a gambling problem in yourself or someone close to you?

Here are a few warning signs that may indicate gambling has become a problem:

  • Spending longer and longer periods of time gambling
  • Placing larger, more frequent bets
  • Accumulating debt in order to support any gamble activities
  • Arguing about gambling with friends or family
  • Pinning hope on the ”big win”
  • Feelings of guilt or remorse about gambling
  • Involving yourself in illegal activities to obtain money to gamble
  • Missing work to gamble
  • Hiding involvement in gambling activities

For more information, please visit AHS’s website.

If you are experiencing problems with alcohol, gambling, tobacco or other drugs – AHS can help. Call 1-866-332-2322 for Information, support and referral or visit AHS.

(source: Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission)

Responsible Gaming Tips

Most people would agree that gambling is exciting. As a form of entertainment, gambling can be an enjoyable activity, like going to the movies or out for dinner. To help you manage gambling in the same carefree manner as other entertainment choices, here are a few ideas:

  • Remember, the house always has the advantage.
  • Before playing, educate yourself on how the game works.
  • Set a budget and stick to it.
  • Do not chase losses, accept them as a cost for the entertainment.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Use only money from your entertainment budget; do not borrow money.
  • Balance gambling with your other leisure choices.
  • Know the warning signs of problem gambling.

If you are concerned or want to talk with someone about your gambling, call the AHS toll-free problem gambling help-line at 1-866-332-2322 or contact your local AHS office.

(source: Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission)

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