Gambling isn’t always a problem. Gambling becomes a problem when it affects your well-being or it affects the people around you. There are different and increasingly harmful levels of gambling.
Levels of Gambling Harm
- Gambling is casual and fun.
- You enjoy gambling andthe people you’re with.
- You don’t feel bad after gambling,
- Gambling is one of the many leisure activities that you do.
- You gamble a couple of times a yea.
- Sometimes you spend a little more than you meant to,
- How you feel after gambling depends on whether you win or lose.
- You have a hard time resisting the impulse to gamble.
- Gambling is having a negative effect on your mood, relationships, work or study, and finances.
- Unable to resist the impulse to gamble. Gambling is your main or only leisure activity.
- You are experiencing an addiction that is affecting all parts of your life.
- Gambling is affecting the people in your life – partners, children, relatives and friends.
- Win or lose, you feel badly after gambling.
The important thing to remember is this: if you are experiencing harm today, you can make a change. You may be able to do this on your own or with the help of a counsellor.