9 Warning Signs of Gambling Disorder


In today’s world, gambling has taken on various forms, from sports betting to underground lotteries and online gambling, making it more accessible than ever. This enhanced accessibility also brings an increased risk of gambling addiction. Below are 9 warning signs of someone potentially having gambling disorder.

  1. Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired
  2. Is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling.
  3. Has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling.
  4. Is often preoccupied with gambling (e.g. having persistent thoughts of reliving past
    gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, thinking of ways to get
    money with which to gamble).
  5. Often gambles when feeling distressed.
  6. After losing money gambling, often returns another day to get even (‘chasing’ one’s losses).
  7. Lies to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling.
  8. Has jeopardised or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity
    because of gambling.
  9. Relies on others to provide money to relieve desperate financial situations caused by

If you, or your loved ones, find it difficult to control or stop gambling and it is impacting areas of life, such as relationships, work, or family, it is advisable to seek professional help, as gambling addiction can be effectively treated.

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