Awareness and prevention
Harm from gambling starts earlier than you think. So if you start to justify your behaviour, it's a sign you should rethink how you bet.
Maybe you’ve felt that niggle – you went a bit too far on the last bet, or you’re feeling guilty that you’ve spent more time gambling than with family or friends. Or perhaps you feel like you’ve let someone down because of your gambling – spent more than you said, or missed an appointment. There might have been some tension. These are the harms that can happen – each one feels small, but over time they start to build up. You may not even notice that they’re increasing, or that gambling is causing them.