Problem gambling is not just about losing money. Gambling problems can affect a person’s whole life. Gambling is a problem when it:
gets in the way of work, school or other activities
harms the person’s mental or physical health
hurts the person financially
damages the person’s reputation
causes problems with family or friends.
Not all people who gamble excessively are alike, nor are the problems they face. People with gambling problems are found in all age groups, income groups, cultures and jobs. Some people develop gambling problems suddenly, others over many years.