Problem gambling can have a detrimental effect on personal finances as the attempt to chase loses become unmanageable. However, the impacts of problem gambling can be more than just losing money.
GamCare hears from people who are experiencing significant isolation as a result of their gambling problems, who haven’t spoken to anyone else about what they are going through. Negative impacts on mental wellbeing are very common – people experience anxiety, depression and stress, and in turn the impacts on their loved ones can be just as bad.
Gambling problems cause trust to break down in relationships. People can lose their jobs, their homes, their families. Some people end up with criminal convictions as they commit crimes in order to continue to gamble.
Becoming preoccupied with gambling can mean that people lack the motivation to maintain their relationships, or engage in any other social activities, and this can increase their sense of isolation and in fact make it harder to seek help.
This section includes more information on the common impacts of a gambling problem. If you or someone you know needs help to address the impacts gambling is having, talk to us now.