Are you at risk for a Gambling Problem?

It can happen to anyone, but there are certain risk factors to be aware of.

Problem gamblers are more likely to be male than female.
They often have a "big win" early in their gambling experience.
Many have experienced a stressful life event, such as the death of a loved one or a divorce, and suffer from depression or anxiety. And many have a family history of problem gambling, alcoholism or drug addiction.

Find out your risk for problem gambling

This quick self-test from Gamblers Anonymous® will help you determine your risk level for problem gambling:

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available

Call the Pennsylvania Problem
Gambling Helpline

1.877.565.2112

Reduce
your risk

If you or someone you know is at risk for problem gambling, it's important that you take action immediately.

Reduce your risk of problem gambling

If you choose to gamble, use these tips to help avoid the pitfalls of problem gambling:

  • 01

    Don't think of gambling as a way to make money

    Gaming services are provided to make money. This means that over time, you will probably lose more than you win. Many problem gamblers share the mistaken belief that they will be the ones to come out ahead.

  • 02

    Always set a limit on money and time.

    Decide how much money and time you are willing to lose before you start gambling. When you reach your limit, walk away. Gamble with a friend who will help you to stop when it's time.

  • 03

    Only gamble with money you set aside for entertainment

    Problem gamblers will often neglect personal needs and suffer from poor nutrition, personal hygiene and lack of sleep.

  • 04

    Never chase loses

    When you gamble, be prepared to accept losing, because you could lose. Trying to win your money back usually leads to bigger losses.

  • 05

    Avoid gambling when you're feeling down

    Depression and gambling don't mix because you're less likely to make good decisions.

  • 06

    Do other things.

    Problem gambling is a lack of balance. Play a sport, read, spend time with friends. Take part in other activities you enjoy so that gambling doesn't occupy too much of your life.

Get help for
problem gambling

If you think you or someone you know has a gambling problem, take the first step toward a solution.