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.