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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How to tell if someone has a gambling addiction?

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    A gambling problem can go undetected for quite a while. For many in our society it's an acceptable, enjoyable social activity or form of entertainment, but for others, it can lead to something that is quite destructive.

    For someone with a gambling problem, enjoyment may or may not be present. It will actually be more for them like a feeling of anticipation or excitement about the idea of the big win. Other signs of a gambling problem can include;

    - unrealistic or distorted thinking about gambling. For example, thinking the big win is just around the corner or this is my lucky machine or just one more bet and my money problems will all be gone.
    - chasing wins or losses can also be another sign.
    - needing to gamble more frequently or with higher amounts to experience the same buzz.
    - preferring to gamble instead of spending time with family or friends.
    - gambling alone or being secretive about the gambling can also be a very strong sign.
    - experiencing guilt or anxiety about the gambling.

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