Problem Gambling Warning Signs

gambling warning signs

If someone you know exhibits any of the warning signs below, they may have developed a gambling problem.

  • Preoccupied with gambling (i.e., reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble)
  • Secretive about his/her gambling habits, and defensive when confronted
  • Increasing bet amounts when gambling in order to achieve the desired excitement ("high")
  • Trying unsuccessfully to control, cut back or stop gambling
  • Restless or irritable when not gambling
  • Gambling to escape problems
  • Chasing losses with more gambling
  • Lying to family and others about the extent of gambling
  • Committing crimes to finance gambling
  • Jeopardizing or losing relationships, jobs, education or career opportunities because of gambling
  • Relying on others to bail him or her out to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling

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