The truth about gambling

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

No Harm

Low Harm

Moderate Harm

Significant Harm

No 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.

Low Harm

  • 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.

Moderate Harm

  • 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.

Significant Harm

  • 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.