This information can help you to identify signs of problem gambling and find ways to support people with gambling problems.
Signs of problem gambling
People affected by problem gambling often do not talk about the problem with others.
Some signs to look out for are:
- needing assistance to pay for food, debts, rent or bills
- unexplained debt or borrowing
- money or assets disappearing
- moodiness and unexplained anger
- avoidance of social events
- unexplained disappearances
People experiencing the following issues may be at increased risk of problem gambling:
- unemployment or under-employment
- housing or education problems
- alcohol or drug abuse
- family or relationship breakdown
How to support problem gamblers and their families
Problem gambling can have significant adverse effects on people and their families.People whose partners, family members or friends have gambling problems can also need support and assistance.
Here are some ways to support people affected by problem gambling.
- Talk about the issue in an honest and non-confrontational way.
- Remind the person that anything they tell you will remain private and confidential.
- Seek professional support from problem gambling services.
- Do not lend money to someone with a gambling problem.
There are a number of free professional and confidential services for individuals and families affected by problem gambling. These services support people of all backgrounds, and use interpreters on request.
Find out more about problem gambling services