How to tell if someone is gambling?

How to tell if someone is gambling

Online gaming is relatively harmless and is a pastime enjoyed by many. These games should be enjoyed as such. Being able to recognise any gambling risks involved in individual games helps to keep these games fun and safe for your whole family. There are signs to help you to identify if you or your friends/family are picking up gambling habits from online games.

  • Preoccupation with playing online games and watching professional esports tournaments excessively
  • Decreased balance in bank accounts
  • Poor performance at school, work or household responsibilities as a result of this preoccupation
  • Signs of irritability, anxiety or anger when forced to stop gaming (withdrawal)
  • Neglect of other hobbies, friendships and family relations
  • Sleep deprivation or trouble falling asleep
  • Spending money beyond one’s means on in-game purchases and on betting sites
  • Borrowing or stealing money from friends and family
  • Lying to friends and family about how much money and time is spent on online gaming