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Gambling and how it affects the brain

Gambling activates the brain's reward system by triggering the release of dopamine. Some gambling products make us feel like we’re winning, even when we’re not.

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Gambling addiction — what is it?

Gambling addiction can become a habit that you find hard to control, even though it creates trouble in your life, such as: debt, relationship issues, job loss, etc.

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Have I got a gambling problem?

A common reaction to gambling problem is to minimise it or deny that it’s causing harm. If you are worried check this list to assess if you have gambling addiction.

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Why do I gamble?

Being aware of why you gamble and the triggers can be very helpful if you want to change. When you are aware of your triggers, you can plan strategies to deal with.

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The effects of gambling

Emotional effects often start off small and often build up, later causing impaired family relationships, emotional problems and financial difficulties.

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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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