Signs of harm from gambling

Way before it looks like a problem, gambling can be causing harm.

Harm from gambling isn’t just about losing money. Gambling can affect self-esteem, relationships, physical and mental health, work performance and social life. It can harm not only the person who gambles but also family, friends, workplaces and communities. Here are some signs of gambling harm you can look for.

Initial signs of harm:

  • having less time or money to spend on recreation and family
  • reduced savings
  • increased consumption of alcohol
  • feelings of guilt or regret

Advanced signs of harm:

  • relationship conflict
  • reduced work or study performance
  • financial difficulties
  • anger
  • feelings of shame and hopelessness

If un-checked, these harms can escalate or lead to more severe harms.

How can you tell whether your gambling is harming you? Take the quiz.

Take our confidential online quiz to assess your gambling and check if you're experiencing harm from gambling.

If you think gambling might be causing issues in your life, then it's probably time to rethink your gambling and find out about what support is available.