Gambling: when it becomes a problem


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Problem gambling

Problem gambling has a negative effect on the life of the gambler or the people close to them, like family, friends, and boyfriends and girlfriends. It might be that someone’s gambling is causing them to be unhappy, have less energy, fall behind at school, underperform at work, worry about money, or have more arguments. If someone’s gambling is causing any of these effects it is considered problem gambling.

Anyone can develop a gambling problem and young people can be particularly vulnerable. This depends on the age they started gambling and whether there is a history of gambling in their family. 

Page last reviewed: 20/02/2024

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