Signs that you may have a gambling problem

Updated: Apr 23

What is a problem gambler? A person who has a problem with gambling is easily identifiable as a person who cannot give up gambling despite the negative consequences.



If you notice a change in your or a friends gambling habits, chances are that you or they may have a problem with gambling.


What is a problem gambler? A person who has a problem with gambling is easily identifiable as a person who cannot give up gambling despite the negative consequences.


Signs:


  • Gambling when you cannot afford to

  • Keeping gambling a secret from loved ones

  • Have trouble controlling gambling habits

  • Feel sad, depressed or agitated when you cannot gamble.

  • Your loved ones have expressed concerns about your gambling habits

  • The need to gamble with increased amount of money in order to get the same thrill.

  • Being totally preoccupied with gambling and gambling thoughts

  • Having a new interest in news and sporting events and results

  • Losing interest in things you used to enjoy

  • Experiencing extreme mood swings with family and friends especially after winning or losing a bet.


There is support available if you feel concerned regarding yourself or a family member who may experiencing problems with gambling.



Support:


If you feel that your gambling is affecting your mental health know that there are many support options available to you.


Seek advice from your local GP who will talk you through your options to help get you the support and guidance you need. Below are some local and national services available to you.





Aiseiri, Roxborough, Co. Wexford, Co Wexford - 056 - 8833777 - aiseiri.ie


Aiséirí provides community and residential services to help young people, adults and families overcome addiction and lead meaningful lives in recovery.

Their services include residential services, family programmes, recovery retreats, and outreach to individuals, communities, schools and businesses who would like to learn more about addiction. Their Adolescent Addiction Treatment Centre, Aiséirí Aislinn (located Kilkenny), provides treatment for young people between the ages of 15 and 21 years living with the destructive impact of alcohol, drugs and/ or gambling.




Gambler Anonymous, Meeting Friday 8pm - Gaelscoil Moshíológ, Kilnahue, Carnew Road, Gorey, Co. Wexford - gamblersanonymous.ie Call: 01 8721133 E- info@gamblersanonymous.ie


Gamblers Anonymous are a group of people who support each other and help each other recover from their gambling problem. There are regular meetings around the country where you can talk about your problems with gambling in confidence. Find a full list of meering here. Find contact details for different regions here.