How Does Gambling Affect Us?

Gambling involves risking something of value on an event that is at least partly determined by chance and has the primary intent of winning additional money or material goods. It includes activities like lottery, casino games, sports betting, and online gambling. Gambling is a widespread activity with an estimated total annual turnover of $10 trillion (illegal gambling may be considerably higher).

The nature and frequency of gambling behaviour is affected by personal, social, and environmental factors. These include:

A person’s environment and community can influence their exposure to gambling, the types of gambling available and their behaviours and attitudes. It can also impact their ability to control their gambling behaviours and protect themselves from harm. These factors can vary widely from one person to another.

Problem gambling can affect people of all ages, backgrounds, and incomes. Some people have a genetic predisposition to develop an addiction. Others develop an addiction to gambling as a result of stress or poor life management skills. It’s important to understand that addiction is a treatable illness, and that recovery is possible with professional help and support.

If you’re struggling with a gambling problem, get in touch with us to speak to one of our counsellors. We’re free, confidential and available 24/7. We can help you understand your problems and give you the tools to take back control of your life. We can also refer you to local support services and help you find the right treatment program for you.