Most of us enjoy gambling in some way or other, whether it’s a ticket for the lottery, a flutter on the pokies, or a bet at the TAB.  It’s part of our Aussie culture.

If you or someone you know has a problem with gambling there is help and hope.

But for some people gambling becomes a problem when it

  • Gets in the way of work, school or other activities
  • Starts to affect your physical health or how you feel about yourself
  • Hurts you financially
  • Causes problems with family, friends or employers.

For every person who has a problem with gambling it’s estimated that another 5- 10 people are impacted: this could be a family member, friend, colleague, employer or employee.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week runs throughout Australia from 20-26 May and provides an additional opportunity for anyone impacted by problem gambling to seek help.  If you, a family member, or anyone you know is affected, call the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858, for free, confidential information, counselling and support or a referral to your local Relationships Australia free counselling services.  Alternatively, go to  www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.

Problem Gambling impacts as many people as does type 2 diabetes or stroke and heart disease.  You don’t have to carry the burden alone – there is help and hope.