Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use
Knowledge Exchange

Low Risk and Harmful Gambling

Not all gambling is a problem. Gambling may be low risk, or it may be harmful.

Low-risk gambling means you:

  • Limit how much time and money you spend gambling
  • Accept your losses, and don’t try to win them back
  • Enjoy winning, but know it happened by chance
  • Balance gambling with other fun activities
  • Don’t gamble to earn money or pay debts
  • Don’t gamble when your judgment is impaired by alcohol or other drugs
  • Never borrow money or use personal investments or family savings to gamble
  • Don’t gamble to escape from your problems or feelings
  • Don’t hurt your job, health, finances, reputation or family through your gambling

Harmful gambling means you have started to:

  • Lie about your gambling or keep it a secret
  • Lose track of time and play for longer than you meant to
  • Feel depressed or angry after gambling
  • Spend more money than you planned, or more than you can afford
  • Ignore work and family responsibilities because of gambling
  • Borrow money or use household money to gamble
  • “Chase your losses” to try to win back your money
  • Believe that gambling will pay off in the end
  • See gambling as the most important thing in your life
  • Use gambling to cope with your problems or to avoid things
  • Have conflicts with family and friends over gambling
  • Ignore your physical and emotional health because of gambling.

Are you wondering whether you, or someone you know, has a problem with gambling? Fill out this quiz and find out!

Do you think your gambling may have become a problem? There is help available.

Introductory Video
View a short introductory video to learn more about the Self-Help Gambling Tools.
Gambling Quiz
Answering these nine questions will help you understand if gambling is having a negative impact on your life.
Monitor Your Gambling & Urges
Use this tool to keep track of when you gamble, or feel the urge to gamble. Mobile App also available.
Community Forum
Share with other people affected by problem gambling on this discussion board.
Self-Help for Those who Gamble
Do you gamble? These interactive tools will help you explore, cut down or stop gambling.
Self-Help for Family and Friends
Does someone you care about gamble too much? With these interactive excercises, learn why they gamble and what you can do to help.