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What is problem gambling?

For many of us, gambling – including scratch tickets, sports gambling, and casinos – is a hobby or a pastime. But for others, gambling can be a serious problem.

The numbers speak for themselves.

Problem gambling can hurt your family, get you in legal trouble, and hurt you and your loved ones financially.

It can leave you feeling depressed, angry, or desperate.

A gambling problem can have as big an impact on your life as an alcohol or substance use problem.

While problem gambling can be an issue for anyone,

Some groups are at higher risk.

Including men with a history of substance use, teens, and older adults.

So, what are the warning signs? Ask yourself if you or a loved one has…

Felt restless or irritable when trying to cut down or stop gambling

Lied to conceal the extent of your involvement with gambling

Jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job,
or educational or career opportunity

After losing money, often returned
another day to get even (“chasing” your losses)

Gambled with more money to get that same level of excitement

Had to rely on others to provide money to relieve
desperate financial situations.

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, there are many ways to get help.

Talk to your loved ones

Reach out for help

Call the Massachusetts Problem Gambling Helpline at 800-327-5050

Visit Mass [dot] gov [slash] problemgambling for more information about problem gambling.

Let’s get real about gambling.

A message from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.