Problem gamblers experience a myriad of health issues including stress, anxiety, depression, suicide, addiction, migraines, chronic bronchitis, fibromyalgia, intestinal disorders and sleep disorders. Just over three-quarters of problem gamblers blame their gambling for their poor health.
A problem gambler is considered to be someone who can’t help but gamble—they lose control, continue to gamble until they run out of money, and think of little else but the next chance to gamble.
Problem gambling doesn’t just affect the individual. Families, workplaces and the community suffer too. Studies also show that there are certain populations who seem to be at greater risk of problem gambling, including older adults, First Nations people, youth, people living on low incomes and casino workers. Heavy drinkers are also more likely to become problem gamblers and vice versa.
If you are concerned about your own gambling habits or someone else’s, help is available:
FOURcast – take an online gambling self-assessment
Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline – call 1-888-230-3505
Last modified on Jan 15, 2014