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Quick Information - When Does Gambling Become a Problem?

Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 6:02 pm
by Administrator
Gambling becomes a problem anytime it negatively affects any aspect of your life. Here’s some background:

What is gambling?
Gambling is any time you bet money or place something of value at risk on an uncertain outcome.

Do I need to bet with money in order for it to be considered gambling?
NO. While most people gamble with money, others bet with things they own, such as jewelry or another possession of value.

Is buying a lottery or raffle ticket considered gambling?
YES. It’s not the amount of money or value of the item that you risk losing that determines whether you're gambling. It’s the fact that you risked losing money on an uncertain outcome or in anticipation of winning something of greater value. (Rob, please change this text in the adult forum so it reads as it does here – thanks!!!)

Do gamblers only lose money or items of value?
People who gamble risk losing more than money or the things they own or value. In many cases, people with a gambling problem jeopardize relationships, careers, finances, physical and emotional health and in some cases even risk losing their lives.

Problem gamblers often face serious financial problems and in some cases commit crimes resulting in prison sentences.

If you are seeking information about problem gambling, you can call our HelpLine or post a message. When posting a message, please be aware that one or more persons will get back to you, but the response will not be immediate.

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