Gambling effects checklist
Gambling can affect how you feel, no matter how much or how often you do it. Is that true for you or someone you care about? These checklists may help you answer that question.
Is my gambling affecting me?
- I celebrate when I win but keep quiet when I lose
- I think about gambling when I’m not doing it
- I sometimes feel guilty after gambling
- I’ve put off doing or buying other things so I can gamble
- I’ve spent more than intended
- I’ve snapped at family members or friends over little things
- I’ve had trouble concentrating at work
- I sometimes feel regret after gambling
- I’ve found it difficult to unwind or sleep
- I’ve been drinking or smoking more than usual
- On a night out, I miss out on other activities because I overspend on gambling
If any of these are true for you, you could be feeling the effects of gambling. While this doesn’t mean you have a problem, it does mean that when you’re feeling stressed or down, gambling could be the reason.
By keeping this in mind, you can be more aware of the effects of gambling and be more mindful of your gambling choices.
Is someone I care about affected by their gambling?
- They only talk about their wins
- They have acted strangely about paying a bill or making a planned purchase
- They’re moody, irritable or angry
- They avoid answering questions about their gambling
- They’ve skipped routine activities
- They seem tired or distracted, for no apparent reason
- They’re drinking or smoking more than usual
If even one of these behaviours is true for someone in your life, they may be feeling the effects of gambling. This doesn’t mean they have a problem but it does mean that when they’re feeling stressed or down, gambling could be the reason.