If you are concerned about the betting habits of a friend or family member, keep a look out for some of the warning signs.
- Reckless or unusual spending
- Asking to borrow money
- Betting frequently for excessive amounts of time
- Attempts to hide betting activity
- Absence or withdrawal from work or social activities
- Visible anger or distress when watching sporting or racing events where bets have been placed
- Defensive response when asked about their gambling habits
You may want to directly offer your support by starting a conversation about difficulties with betting. Try not to be judgmental, listen to what the person has to say, and offer to support them in seeking help.
Or, you might be in a position to raise your concerns with someone closer to you, such as a friend, workmate, partner or parent.
Remember to check in
Being a good mate, partner or work colleague doesn’t stop with concern about betting. If someone close to you is showing signs of distress for any reason, there are simple things you can do to make a big difference.
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