Warning Signs of Problem Gambling

Spot the Warning Signs of Problem Gambling

Problem gambling is often referred to as the “hidden addiction.” With alcohol or drug abuse, you can see physical signs – i.e. stumbling, slurring speech, etc. But with problem gambling there are rarely outward signs or physical symptoms. You can’t tell just by looking at someone that their gambling has been impacting their family, their finances and more. Below are some warning signs that gambling has become or is starting to become a problem:

  • Outstanding bills and calls from bill collectors as a result of gambling
  • Gambling as a way to escape worry, boredom or trouble
  • Disrupted sleep due to preoccupation with thoughts about gambling or the consequences
  • Gambling longer than originally planned
  • Gambling in reaction to arguments, disappointments or frustrations
  • Self-destructive thoughts resulting from gambling
  • Losing time from work or school due to gambling
  • Borrowing money to finance gambling or to pay back gambling debts
  • Promising to stop gambling, but continuing to do so
  • Personality changes corresponding to an increase in gambling
  • Lost time with the family as a result of involvement in gambling activities