What Is Problem Gambling?

When Does Gambling Become A Problem?
Most people see gambling as a form of entertainment and a social activity. They limit their expenditure by setting a budget for gambling and limit their time and are able to walk away regardless of whether they have won or lost.

Gambling becomes a problem when the person:

Spends more time and money than they can afford to lose
Becomes pre-occupied with thoughts of gambling
Borrows money to gamble
Gambles to win back losses
Losses control over gambling behaviour
Tells lies to cover the gambling behaviour.

Why Do People Gamble?
Gamblers say there are a variety of reasons for their gambling behaviour.

These can include:

Hoping for a big win
Trying to win back losses
Excitement
Loneliness
Escaping from problems
Boredom.

How Is Problem Gambling Assessed?
There are several different screening tools that can be used to assess gambling habits. These are guides to help highlight possible problems and are not considered a definitive diagnosis.

Take The Quiz on the NSW Gambling Help website.

Answer all the questions and if you need to take action please call us on 1800 858 858.

Young People And Problem Gambling
Gambling is a problem that affects people of all ages. In Australia, gambling is a popular and common form of entertainment. It is seen as a normal activity, and it is easy for young people to get access to gambling venues.

Many young people start gambling with family members or friends as a social activity. Studies have also discovered that many young people in Australia are involved in gambling and think of it as a way to make money.

Unlike drugs, alcohol and tobacco, many young people are not actively discouraged from gambling. The negative effects of gambling are often not discussed at home or at school, which means that young people don’t always understand the serious problems that can arise from gambling.

Young males, in particular are at risk of developing problems with gambling. Young males tend to be more impulsive, take more risks, and can be overly optimistic about the chances of winning. This combination means that young males may gamble because they enjoy the thrill and excitement, but don’t always consider the possible consequences of gambling.