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Assess your Gambling Behaviour

Warning Signs of Problem Gambling

Most people who gamble do so responsibly. But for some, gambling becomes damaging. According to provincial studies, problem gambling rates are generally about 1% of the population. In New Brunswick the prevalence rate is 1.0%, in Prince Edward Island, it’s 0.9%, and in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, it’s 0.7%.

Gambling requires time, money and energy. If these resources are spent at the expense of other things, such as personal relationships, family, employment, academics or financial commitments, it’s a problem.
 

Know the Warning Signs

  • Spending more time or money than intended
  • Arguing about gambling with friends and family
  • Having the urge to return as soon as possible to win back losses
  • Feeling guilt or remorse about gambling
  • Borrowing money or selling assets to gamble
  • Considering illegal mean of obtaining money to gamble
  • Missing work to gamble
  • Hiding the extent of your gambling activity
     

Evaluating your playing habits from time to time to ensure gambling remains fun and safe is a good idea. There are many different self-assessment tools available to help. These tools are not intended to diagnose problem gambling but they can help identify high-risk behaviour.
The Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI) self-assessment tool can help offer insights into your behaviour

If you’d like to know how things look, just answer the questions below and click the "Assess my Gambling Behaviour" button.

Thinking about the past twelve months:

  • 1.

    Have you bet more than you really could afford to lose?

  • 2.

    Have you needed to gamble with larger amounts of money to get the same feeling of excitement?

  • 3.

    When you gambled, did you go back another day to try and win back the money you lost?

  • 4.

    Have you borrowed money or sold anything to get money to gamble?

  • 5.

    Have you felt that you might have a problem with gambling?

  • 6.

    Have people criticized your betting or told you that you had a gambling problem, regardless of whether or not you thought it was true?

  • 7.

    Have you ever felt guilty about the way you gamble, or what happens when you gamble?

  • 8.

    Has gambling caused you any health problems, including stress or anxiety?

  • 9.

    Has your gambling caused any financial problems for you or your household?

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Gambling Support Resources

If you or someone you know has a problem with gambling, help is just a phone call away.

New Brunswick
1-800-461-1234

Newfoundland and Labrador
1-888-899-HELP (4357)

Nova Scotia
1-888-347-8888

Prince Edward Island
1-855-255-4255