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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.

Last night he told his spouse he was working late but he was really at the casino.

Lying about the extent of gambling activity and involvement is a sign of problem.  

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.  

She's often absent from work and is having a hard time managing her workload.

When gambling becomes an escape from job and family, it's 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.


GameSense Tips

Play for fun, not to make money.

Know how the game works and what the odds are before playing.

Set a budget and stick to it.

Don't chase losses. Accept them as the cost of entertainment.

Balance gambling with other types of leisure activities.

Take frequent breaks.

Set a time limit before you play.

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