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Coping with Life's Struggles: Gambling

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When is it problem gambling?

Whilst most people gamble to relax and have fun, for some people gambling can develop into a problem. When that happens, gambling can be detrimental in a person’s life causing pain and hurt to their families, themselves and the people who care for them.

Gambling may be a problem when an individual:
• Spends more money and time on gambling than they intended
• Hides their gambling from other people and lies about their gambling
• Borrows money to pay for living expenses: phone bill, gas bill, groceries, petrol
• Losses interest in other activities (that don’t include gambling)
• Is affected in their work, or role as a parent
• Is not home as often

People with gambling problems often engage in a variety of risky behaviours such as:
• Spending more money than they intended or that they can afford to spend
• Regularly spending more time gambling than they meant to
• Building opportunities to gamble into daily routines
• Chasing their losses
• Borrowing money to gamble
• Obtaining money in unethical or illegal ways

People with gambling problems typically hold thoughts or beliefs that support their behaviour, including:
• Beliefs about fated luck
• Superstitions related to winning
• Illusions of control
• Misunderstandings about the nature of probability and randomness

If you think gambling might be turning into a problem, for yourself or someone you know, assistance and counselling is available. For more information or assistance contact the Greek Welfare Centre

Useful websites:
* problemgambling.vic.gov.au
* wesleymisssion.org.au
* relationships.com.au
* betsafe.com.au