Starting to think gambling might be a problem? Find out about the signs of a problem and assess gambling issues and spending.
of a problem usually involve people spending more time and
money gambling than they would like to or than they can afford.
This situation doesn't normally occur overnight.
Read about how problems develop and where you fit into the
Take a quick quiz to
assess your gambling and the likelihood of it causing problems. The
quiz provides a view to different types of gambling behaviour so
you can feel more equipped and confident in making decisions about
what type of action is appropriate for you
Gambling often has other health consequences or
associated issues. Some people start to feel down or anxious about gambling. Others find their
gambling becomes a problem when drinking and
gambling at the same time.
For some, gambling can increase smoking - to read
more about this relationship look at the gambling and smoking page.
Already noticed some changes in your thinking just by assessing current spending or reading about the signs of a problem? Find out more about ways of regaining control and tackling a gambling problem.
Thought processes play an important role in problem gambling. Find out more about how you can change unhelpful thought processes by learning how the pokies really work, the odds of winning, and some common gambling myths.
Achieve a healthier, more balanced lifestyle by adopting alternative activities. Find out more about strategies for cutting down, stopping gambling and maintaining change.
Find out how managing money can help change gambling behaviour. Find out how to make a budget and why it can be a helpful tool for change, or calculate how much your spending on gambling with our gambling calculator.
Whether you want to speak with someone now, or are investigating your options, there are many types of support available.
Decided to take the next step? You can access immediate support by talking to an online counsellor. Real time chat offers immediate counselling and support 24/7 with a counsellor qualified in helping people with gambling concerns.
If you prefer to handle things on your own, but wouldn't mind some support, you can get in contact with a gambling counsellor on our email support service. This can be useful if you just want information or someone to keep in touch with and to monitor your progress.
There is also free and confidential gambling counselling available across Australia, both over the phone and face-to-face. Both telephone and face-to-face gambling counsellors can provide counselling and support in developing a plan and providing strategies to help you achieve your goals.
Concerned about someone's gambling behaviour? Find out what you can do to help.
It can be frustrating knowing that somebody gambles
and won't stop, despite the negative consequences it creates for
them and those around them.
Find out about the signs of a gambling problem
If you are concerned about somebody's gambling
behaviour, there are things you can do to help:
Find out how the issue might be impacting on
others. Find out how you can help someone
Are you a health professional interested in finding
out more about how you can help patients who might be experiencing
gambling problems? Find information and gambling help
resources for health
Affected by someone else's problem
gambling? Dealing with a friend or family member's gambling
problem can be very difficult.
Find out how you can make changes to take control of the impact someone else's
gambling is having on you.
There are also support
services and assistance for people affected by someone
else's gambling behaviour.
You can access immediate support by talking to an online counsellor.
Live counselling offers immediate counselling and support 24/7 with a counsellor qualified in helping people with gambling concerns.
Gambling Help Online is provided by Turning Point in Victoria Australia and is funded as part of an agreement between all state and territory governments and the Australian Government.