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It is estimated that for every person that gambles, another seven people are adversely affected.
A person's gambling behaviour can have serious social, physical and financial impacts on those who are close to them.
A relationship with someone who has a gambling problem can be very stressful. Whether it is your partner, child, parent or friend, the behaviour and consequences that result from problem gambling can have a significant impact.
Types of impacts
Research shows that people who are close to someone with a gambling problem might experience a range of emotional, psychological and financial effects, such as:
- Physical and/or emotional abuse
- Relationship breakdowns
- Lack of intimacy
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Feelings of shame and embarrassment
- Stress-related illnesses
- Social isolation
- Family arguments
- Depression and anxiety
- Financial issues and hardship
- Loss of property and valued items
- Decreased work or school performance.
Thinking about the effect another person's gambling is having on your life is a good place to start in terms of managing the impact. Help is available for family members and others who are close to a problem gambler.