Gambling-related harms

What is gambling and what are the symptoms of someone experiencing gambling addiction?

Gambling is risking money or a valuable object in a game, contest or activity where the end result depends on chance.

It can include the following:

  • Arcades
  • Betting (online, at an event or in a high street bookmakers)
  • Bingo (online, or in a bingo hall)
  • Casino (online or in a casino)
  • Lotteries (raffles, tombolas, sweepstakes, etc)
  • Gambling machines (fruit machines, fixed-odds betting terminals)

Symptoms of someone experiencing a gambling addiction

  • Gambling on another day to try to win back the money lost (chasing losses)
  • Lying to conceal the extend and amount gambled
  • Feelings of guilt and gambling when feeling distressed
  • Gambling more than one can afford to lose
  • Gambling with large amounts of money to get the same feeling of excitement
  • Borrowing money to gamble
  • Repeated unsuccessful attempts to cut back or stop gambling
  • Feelings of anger when losing money through gambling

Gambling-related harms

  • Gambling harms are any negative consequence or side effect experienced as a result of gambling
  • Gambling related harms are not only felt by the person who gambles but also affected others such as family members and friends
  • Gambling harms can impact:       
    • Mental Health and Wellbeing
    • Finances
    • Relationships
    • Education and employment
    • Cultures
    • Crime and antisocial behaviours
  • For many, gambling harms leave a legacy and may be experienced for many years after the event