Problem Gambling 101
What is problem gambling?
Knowing where the fun ends and trouble begins is sometimes difficult to determine. It varies with each person and depends on individual circumstances. For example, the amount of money spent gambling may not be the best indicator. Some people have thousands of dollars in disposable income while others can’t even afford to play a game of bingo. A more accurate predictor of problem gambling may be the individual’s belief system around gambling, their expectations and their gambling behaviour.
Gambling problems are likely to develop when an individual:
Problem gambling refers to all gambling behaviour that:
A significant number of people with problem gambling behaviours also have problems with substance abuse. Losses from gambling may lead to substance abuse as a coping strategy; alternatively, loss of inhibition through alcohol or drug use may reduce self-control while gambling.