Risks of Gambling

Although it may not seem as destructive as the effects of drugs or alcohol, gambling can impact on many aspects of your life including family and relationships, your finances, your work and even your health

Family and relationships

Problem gamblers spend more time gambling or thinking about gambling and it can become extremely difficult to maintain a normal family life. This creates stress and has a negative impact on relationships and family life


Financial Risk


Problem gamblers’ finances will fluctuate from time to time as they experience periods when they win regularly but also experience high levels of loss. Although a problem gambler may occasionally experience “big wins” they should also expect to see an increase in financial difficulties.

Problem gamblers are more likely to commit crimes to support their habits. This can include tax evasion, cheque forgery, stealing credit cards, fraudulent loan applications, insurance fraud, theft, embezzlement, fencing stolen goods, unlicensed bookmaking, arson, and even armed robbery.


Health Risks

Most people may not see a connection between their gambling and their health, however problem gambling is associated with a range of emotional, physical, and psychological health problems.



Job Risk

Problem gambling can also have an adverse effect on an individual’s ability to perform well at work, college or school