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What is Gambling?

A person is gambling whenever he or she takes the chance of losing money or belongings, and when winning or losing is decided mostly by chance.

There are many different ways to gamble, including:

What is Problem Gambling?

Problem gambling is not just about the loss of money, but how it can affect the person’s life. Gambling is a problem when it interferes with work, school or other activities, leads to emotional or physical health problems, causes financial issues, harms the family or other relationships.

You may have heard the following terms, which have also been used to describe problem gambling:

Gambling Problems occur along a continuum. These are not discrete categories but possible points along a range of involvement.

Helpful Links

ADAPT – Halton Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Assessment Prevention & Treatment Services

Ontario Problem Gambling Hotline

Gamblers Anonymous

Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario

Gambling and the Odds

Responsible Gambling

Know the Signs

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