Early warning signs of a gambling problem
- Thoughts of winning back money that was previously lost;
- Feelings of guilt over money and time spent on gambling;
- Gambles to make money or believes that there is a system to beat the odds;
- Thoughts that you may be gambling too much;
- An increase in the amount of time spent gambling;
- Criticism by others about your level of gambling.
Signs of a gambling problem
Gambling problems develop when an individual:
- Misses work or other significant events to gamble;
- Tries to win back money already lost; chases losses;
- Preoccupied with gambling or obtaining money to gamble;
- Borrows money to make up for gambling losses;
- Unsuccessful attempts to change gambling behaviour;
- Keeps secrets about his/her gambling.
Fast Fact: In Saskatchewan, moderate-risk gamblers spend an average of $800 per month and problem gamblers spend approximately $1,700 per month.
Tips for keeping gambling fun
Anyone who gambles can develop gambling related problems. To help reduce the risk, here are a few tips to consider:
- Gamble as a form of entertainment, not as a way to make money;
- Only spend what you can afford to lose;
- Set acceptable limits for losses;
- Limit your amount of time spent gambling and follow the limits;
- Don’t try to win back money that was lost; consider money lost as the cost of entertainment.
If you are concerned about your or someone else’s gambling, please contact the Problem Gambling Help Line at 1-800-306-6789. The phones are answered by individuals who offer information regarding the location of trained counselors in the Sunrise Health Region.
Information regarding Gambling Anonymous Groups, as well as their location, contact numbers and emergency services are also available.