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What Are the Signs of a Gambling Problem?

  • Borrows money to cover gambling debts
  • Gambles when feeling bored or distressed
  • Lies to family and friends about gambling
  • Tries to win back money lost
  • Is often preoccupied with gambling
  • Loses interest in other activities
  • Is argumentative or defensive about gambling behavior
  • Is absent for long periods of time
  • Goes without basic needs in order to gamble

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Source: National Council on Problem Gambling, 2016

Training Videos

Resources for Help

If you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, help is available.


  1. Warning Signs
  2. FAQ
  3. Training Videos

If you are a player, retailer, friend or family, it could be helpful to know the signs of problem gambling.

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