Lying about the extent of gambling activity and involvement is a sign of problem.
Learn the Warning Signs
If gambling has stopped being a fun, affordable activity for you or a loved one, it may be time to take a closer look.
Know the Signs
The signs below may indicate a problem. The more signs a person shows, the greater the likelihood that he or she may have lost control of their gambling.
- Gambling for longer and longer periods of time
- Lying about the extent of gambling involved
- Often missing work or school to gamble
- Neglecting personal or family responsibilities to gamble
- Using gambling as an escape
- Gambling with money needed for paying bills
- Believing the “big win” will bring gambling under control
Some Signs of Problem Gambling
Which of these behaviours may be signs of a problem? Click each to learn more.
She's often absent from work and is having a hard time managing her workload.
Problem gamblers are often absent from school, work or important social occasions because they are gambling.
He missed his son's birthday party. He stayed late at the casino thinking that the slot machine he was playing was due for a win.
Those with gambling problems often neglect responsibilities so they can keep playing.
She gambles more and more to escape from the pressures of home and work.
When gambling becomes an escape from job and family, it's a problem.
His mortgage payment was lost in an online game of blackjack.
Using money intended for monthly bills and a growing debt resulting from gambling are signs of a problem.
One More Thing
Please remember, if you recognize these behaviours in you or someone else and are concerned that a problem exists, there is help. To learn more, contact the Problem Gambling Help Line for free, confidential support at 1-888-795-6111.