Gambling becomes a problem when a person’s gambling causes emotional, financial or other difficulties for themselves as well as the family and friends around them. Problem gambling is harmful and can lead to serious consequences for both gamblers and their families. Problem gamblers are often unable to control or stop their gambling habit. This is why it is important to recognise the signs and encourage a gambler to seek counselling help before the problem becomes worse.
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In order to help someone with a gambling problem, it is first important to spot the signs early. Telltale signs include marked changes in financial status, as well as behaviour and attitude. Problem gamblers are often unable to recognise that they have a problem and it is important for family and friends to recognise the problem and take action.