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Gambling and how it affects the brain

When we have a gambling win, the brain releases a feel-good chemical called dopamine. Some gambling products, like pokies and roulette, make us feel like we’re winning, even when we’re not.

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Gambling addiction — what is it?

Gambling can be addictive – it can become a habit that you find hard to control, even though you know it’s causing you and your family harm.

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Have I got a gambling problem?

It’s sometimes hard to know if your gambling is getting out of hand. If you’re worried about your gambling, you’re not alone.

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Why do I gamble?

There are four main reasons why people gamble. Being aware of why you gamble can be very helpful if you want to change.

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The effects of gambling

You might not be aware of the emotional effects of gambling, which many people experience no matter how much or how often they bet.

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Know the odds

The odds of winning on some common forms of gambling in Victoria show that no matter what type of gambling you do, you should always expect to lose.

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