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Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Source:Crown­Perth-Re­spon­si­bleGam­bling

There are three phases of prob­lem gam­bling. The win­ning phase: Gam­blers ex­pe­ri­ence a big win, or a se­ries of wins that leave them be­liev­ing, un­re­al­is­ti­cally, that their win­ning will con­tinue. The los­ing phase: Gam­blers are more likely to gam­ble alone, think more about gam­bling and bor­row money to gam­ble. They may start ly­ing to fam­ily and friends and be­come ir­ri­ta­ble, rest­less and with­drawn. Gam­blers be­gin to chase their losses, be­liev­ing that they will be able to win back their losses. The des­per­a­tion phase: Dur­ing this phase there is a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the time spent gam­bling, of­ten ac­com­pa­nied by re­morse, blam­ing oth­ers and alien­at­ing fam­ily and friends. In­di­vid­u­als who have de­vel­oped a prob­lem with their gam­bling may ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal health is­sues among other things.

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