Signs of a Gambling Problem in Youth

| February 5, 2013

Wondering about someone you know that may have a problem with gambling? Look for some key signs:

Asking for/borrowing money from family
or friends

  • Gambling “stuff” (poker books, betting sheets)
  • Unexplained debts or extra cash/possessions
  • Unexplained time away from home, work, or school
  • Behavior change (seems distracted, moody, sad, worried, etc.)
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Less involvement with usual activities
  • Unusual amount of time spent watching or checking sports scores & statistics or playing poker games or other casino-style apps
  • Intense interest in gambling conversations
  • Playing gambling-type games on the Internet
  • Money or valuables are missing
  • Using gambling “lingo” in his/her conversation (e.g., flop, call, bookie, point spread, etc.)
  • Selling personal belongings
  • Bragging about winning
  • Grades are dropping
  • Lying, cheating, or stealing in school

If any of these signs are affecting a young person you know, maybe it’s
time to get help.  It’s confidential, available at no cost, and it works.

Call 1.877.MY.LIMIT

Category: Problem Gambling

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