Learn the Warning Signs


The first step in getting help is recognizing the problem.

If gambling has stopped being a fun, affordable activity for you or a loved one, it may be time to take a closer look.


Know the Signs

The signs below may indicate a problem. The more signs a person shows, the greater the likelihood that he or she may have lost control of their gambling.

  • Gambling for longer and longer periods of time.
  • Lying about the extent of gambling involved.
  • Often missing work or school to gamble.
  • Neglecting personal or family responsibilities to gamble.
  • Using gambling as an escape.
  • Gambling with money needed for paying bills.
  • Believing the "big win" will bring gambling under control.

Some Signs of Problem Gambling

Which of these behaviours may be signs of a problem?

Lying about the extent of gambling activity and involvement is a sign of problem.
When gambling becomes an escape from job and family, it's a problem.
Using money intended for monthly bills and a growing debt resulting from gambling are signs of a problem.
When gambling becomes an escape from job and family, it's a problem.

One More Thing

Please remember, if you recognize these behaviours in you or someone else and are concerned that a problem exists, there is help. To learn more, contact the 24-hour, toll free Alberta Health Services Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322.