5Types of harm


These harms include financial harm, relationship disruption, conflict or breakdown, emotional or psychological distress, reduced performance at work or study, and criminal activity.

‘John’ and ‘Mary’ talk about the harms to their lives life due to problem gambling.

Julia describes how she lost her house because of gambling.

Early signs that a person may be having problems with their gambling include:

  • Increasing levels of debt
  • Difficulties in paying bills
  • Borrowing money to gamble
  • Unable to pay for everyday items
  • No money for recreational activities

Gambling affects family and friends.

People discuss the effects of problem gambling on those around them.

It is estimated that for every one person with a gambling problem,

another seven people are affected adversely.