For many people gambling is a popular pastime. Pokies, lotto, scratchies, card games, racing, and other forms of betting are forms of gambling that is all too prominent in Australia. Gambling is fun to do from time to time, but for some it can get out of hand and cause distress and financial problems within a couple or family.
Up to 160,000 Australian adults suffer significant problems when it comes to gambling (1%), and up to 350,000 experience moderate risks that make them vulnerable to problem gambling (2%).
It can be hard to know if your gambling is getting out of control. If you suspect you may be developing a gambling addiction, or you recognise a risk in someone close to you, go through our checklist to determine if you should consider further assistance.
Checklist to determine if you have Problematic Gambling
If you’ve checked more than half of the above, what should you do?
• Log the frequency and the type of gambling, and what prompted this event
• Approach someone for support, i.e. loved one, GP, friend
• Calculate the cost of your gambling over a week and the past year
Once you have tried these tips, engaging with an expert gambling Psychologist allows you to develop a complete understanding of what’s happening and create a strategy to eliminate the pain and distress gambling has caused in your life.