Warning Signs

Know the warning signs of problem gambling

Most people who participate in gambling do so responsibly and for entertainment.  There is, however, a small percentage of the population whose gambling behaviors become damaging to themselves, their family or their workplace.

In 1999, the National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago completed a national (U.S.) survey on problem gambling prevalence. According to these prevalence studies, the problem gambling rates are generally about 1% of the population.

 Adapted from NASPL, the signs of problem gambling include:

  • Spending more time or money on gambling than able to afford or than planned 
  • Increased financial problems and debt 
  • Visiting multiple lottery vendors in one day 
  • Visiting one lottery vendor multiple times in one day 
  • Hiding lottery tickets from family 
  • Neglecting important responsibilities like work, school, or family 
  • Continuing to play despite relationship troubles 
  • Constantly thinking or talking about gambling 
  • Gambling to escape worry or trouble 
  • Borrowing money to gamble 
  • Anxiety/Depression

If you are concerned about any of the above warning signs, help is available. Gambling Addiction Line (1-800-994-8448).

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