Responsible Gaming

Warning Signs of Problem Gaming

The following represent some of the common warning signs that an individual may have a problem gambling and should seek advice:

  • Betting more than you can afford to lose;
  • Gambling often until your last dollar is gone;
  • Gambling to win money to solve financial problems;
  • Feeling unable to stop gambling, regardless of winning or losing;
  • Neglecting relationships with family and friends because of gambling; and
  • Missing work because of gambling.

Helplines and Other Resources

It is important to remember that problem gambling is an illness that can strike anyone no matter their background, but it can be treated. If you believe you have a problem with gambling (or you know someone who does), you can contact one of the assistance organizations listed below for additional information. These helplines are strictly confidential, available 24-hours a day, and can provide assistance:

Gam-Anon International
718-352-1671
www.gam-anon.org

 

Additionally, the Harvard Medical School offers a comprehensive support guide that can help you understand gambling, decide if you need to change, and assist you in dealing with the actual process. This guide can be found here: Harvard Medical School’s “Gambling – Your First Step to Change.