Recognise the Signs

Need a reality check? Ask yourself the following questions.

  • Do you bet more than you can really afford to lose?
  • Do you need to gamble with larger amounts of money to get the same feeling of excitement?
  • Do you go back another day to try to win back the money you lost?
  • Do you borrow money or sell things to get money to gamble?
  • Do you feel that you might have a problem with gambling?
  • Do people criticize your betting or tell you that you have a gambling problem, whether or not you think it's true?
  • Do you feel guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?
  • Does your gambling cause you any health problems, including stress or anxiety?
  • Does your gambling cause any financial problems for you or your household?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you could be heading towards a gambling problem.

These services are free and confidential, and available 24/7 to help you deal with any gambling related issues.

Does someone you care about have a gambling problem?

  • Are they spending more and more time gambling?
  • Are you worried that gambling is affecting you and your family?
  • Are they hiding their gambling?
  • Are they often broke?
  • Do they ever borrow money to gamble?
  • Are bills going unpaid?
  • Is gambling affecting their work?

Here are some other warning signs that there may be a problem with gambling:

  • Money is missing from an account or wallet/purse
  • Regularly lacks money for no apparent reason
  • Is secretive about money and financial records and secretive about absences
  • Changes in personality, sleeping, eating and sexual relationship patterns
  • Becomes withdrawn and preoccupied by unexplained worry
  • Gets defensive, reactive, on edge and/or tense
  • Deceptive and often makes excuses
  • Depression, anxiety and suicidal feelings

If you think someone you care about has a gambling problem, keep in mind:

  • You can't force your family member or friend to stop
  • You aren't to blame for their behaviour
  • The gambling is the problem, not the person
  • You can tell someone you trust about what's happening. This is not betraying your family member or friend
  • You can help by saying: NO to gambling and lying, and YES I care about you
  • You have the right to feel safe and emotionally and financially secure

If you need help with the gambling problem of a family member or friend, there is support available.

These services are free and confidential, and available 24/7 to help you deal with any gambling related issues.


24/7, free and confidential Gambling Helpline offers support, information and telephone counselling 1800 858 858. The Gambling Helpline can organise an interpreter for you if you need one.

ONLINE: 24/7, free and confidential self-help and counselling via email or chat Gambling Help Online. For information, self-help tips and support have a look at our Help and Support section.

FACE TO FACE: free and confidential personal, financial and family counselling and support. Call 1800 858 858 for a referral to a non-judgemental and friendly Gambling Help Service professional. Gambling Help Services also offer individual, family and couple counselling to friends and family of gamblers.

Immediate help is available now. Contact the Gambling Helpline now for free and confidential support, 24/7

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