Gambling Awareness

How to Spot the Signs

Would you know a gambling problem if you saw it in a friend, loved one, coworker, patient or student? It’s important to know the signs because 3 percent of the population may have a problem, which puts them and their families at financial and emotional risk.

Here are some warning signs:


  • Preoccupied with gambling and unable to stop
  • Bragging about gambling, exaggerating wins and minimizing losses
  • Restless and irritable when not gambling
  • Gambling to win back what you’ve lost
  • Borrowing money for gambling
  • Lying to hide time spent gambling or unpaid debts
  • Frequent unexplained absences
  • Losing work time because of gambling
  • Doing something illegal to get money for gambling
  • Jeopardizing a signifiant relationship or job by gambling

Keep it in Perspective

Problem gambling is not a bad habit or a moral weakness. It is a serious condition, but with treatment, problem gamblers can put the game in perspective and make decisions to improve their lives.

Help is available:

If you or someone you know may have a gambling probem, contact the confidential helpline: 2-1-1 (Maine only) for information and resources.

2-1-1 Maine – toll free hotline connecting callers to trained specialists answering health and human services questions
Phone: 2-1-1