Problem Gambling

“Problem Gambling is gambling to a degree that compromises, disrupts or damages family, personal or recreational pursuits”  (National Centre for Social Research) 

Problematic Gambling is seen as an ‘invisible addiction’, unlike other forms of addiction there are fewer visible signs e.g. physical deterioration.  Many gamblers are able to hide their gambling from family and friends until it becomes a significant problem.  If you have a problem with your gambling it may start to or already be affecting your family life, your relationships, your finances, your work or your emotional wellbeing.

Gambling behaviour takes place along a continuum from extreme Pathological Gambling, which can result in major disruption to the individual, their family and friends, through to Social Gambling, where there may be no problems arising. Gamblers can move in and out of the problematic stages of gambling throughout their gambling life.

Here are some common signs of problem gambling:


Additional signs of problem gambling include:


The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV)