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Know the signs

It’s important to recognise when your gambling is no longer just for fun.

Safer Gambling Aotearoa

Any of these signs can point to a problem with your own / someone else's gambling:

Chasing your losses

Are you trying to win back money you’ve lost by gambling even more?

Hiding your gambling

Have you ever hidden your gambling from someone close to you?

Feeling guilty about gambling

Do you sometimes feel guilty after gambling?

Losing track of time

Have you ever been so into your gambling that you haven’t noticed time passing?

Spending more on gambling than you wanted?

Have you ever spent more than you planned to or more than you could really afford?

Gambling because you are stressed or lonely?

Do you gamble to deal with feelings of stress or to stop yourself feeling lonely?

Feeling regret after gambling

Have you started to feel regret after gambling?

Borrowing money

Are you borrowing money from your family, friends, co-workers, or even strangers, without always admitting the real reason you need the money?

Losing interest in other stuff

Are you always thinking about gambling? About the last time, or the next time? Do you often choose gambling ahead of other activities?

Be honest with yourself. If any of these signs are familiar, it’s time you take a closer look.

The free Gambling Helpline (0800 654 655) is confidential and available 24/7. Their staff are trained to deal with a whole range of issues related to gambling and one call may be all that's needed to get back on track.

Related information

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Help and support

There’s absolutely no shame in asking for help. In fact, it shows strength and determination to take control.

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Real life stories

Gambling harm can affect people, whānau and communities in many ways. Watch stories from those who have lived with, or worked alongside people experiencing gambling harm.

What may start off as a bit of fun can easily get out of hand for many gamblers. Here are some stories from people who have lived or worked with gambling harm. Check them out.

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