Electronic gaming machines, or pokies, have been widely demonstrated to be a particularly risky form of gambling, with a higher proportion of pokie players going on to develop gambling problems than those on any other form. Do you play the pokies regularly? If so you may be at significant risk of developing a gambling problem.
Do you ever bet more than you afford to lose? Spend more time playing than you can afford to? Feel restless or irritable when you try to reduce your gambling? Perhaps you feel guilty about your gambling, are criticised about it, or maybe you hide your gambling from others? Maybe you’ve even tried to win back your losses? These are just some of the warning signs to look out for. If you’ve experienced any of the above, it may mean you may need some help in controlling your gambling.
For those who think they may have a problem with gambling, or if you want to know more, help is available. To find a gambling counsellor call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858. Free individual sessions are available to anybody who might be concerned their gambling has gotten out of hand.