The impact of gambling

Depending on your situation, gambling will probably impact your life in different ways. But we do see some common experiences as a result of people’s gambling.

Some early signs that your gambling is impacting on you could include:

  • Increasing levels of debt
  • Struggling to pay bills on time
  • Lying to friends and family
  • Feeling moody, irritable or angry
  • Inability to pay for small luxuries 
  • Missing work or having trouble concentrating at work
  • Prioritising spending time and money on gambling over other activities.

If you are experiencing some of these signs you might like to chat with a counsellor, to start a session just sign up today and we can get started!

As gambling problems progress, we know that there will be a greater impact and the harm caused can be more serious.

Some signs that your gambling has become more serious include:

  • Financial harm – inability to pay for essentials 
  • Criminal activity – stealing or fraud
  • Declining mental health – depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts
  • Declining physical health
  • Relationship disruption, conflict or breakdown
  • Cultural harm – disengaging from cultural activities
  • Reduced performance at work or study.

If you identify with any of these, we have a range of free and confidential services available to help you.

Our services include:

Chat Counselling

Email Counselling

SMS

Peer to Peer Support

Next Steps

Gambling can also impact your health, read about how it can affect your health and some strategies to change here.