WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
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 They may start lying to family and friends and become irritable, restless and withdrawn.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.