For the vast majority of people, gambling is a pleasurable part of their leisure activities, but for a small number of players, problems do arise.
A person's gambling becomes a problem when they put themselves or their dependants at risk through continued gambling.
Whilst research suggests there isn't a specific type of person who may develop a problem, the risks are there and so to assist it’s good to know some of the signs to look for:
Signs of a gambling problem can include:
- Feelings of anxiety and stress rather than fun
- Negative impacts on home life created by absence/financial stress
- Feelings of remorse after gambling
- Bills going unpaid
- Getting into debt because of gambling
- The desire to win back losses
- Inability/difficulty to not gamble at every opportunity
- Inability to stop gambling once started
- Using gambling as an escape from worries and problems and other stresses
- Increased alcohol consumption
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns due to gambling
- Consideration/execution of an illegal act to finance gambling
- Consideration/infliction of self-harm after gambling
Are you or someone close to you, showing signs of problematic gambling behaviour? – ask yourself!
Help is at hand
If you or someone you care about is showing signs and symptoms of problem gambling, SkyCity Adelaide urges you to seek the help that is at hand.
Talk to one of our Host Responsibility Coordinators who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on +61 8 8218 4141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858. The Gambling Helpline is free, independent, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.