Gambling: Gambling is the wagering of money or
something of material value on an event with an
uncertain outcome with the hope of winning
something of even greater value.
Problem Gambling: Problem gambling is any gambling,
betting or wagering that causes family, financial, legal,
emotional or other problems for the gambler, their family
Problem gambling can have a negative effect on your life or
the lives of people close to you.
For example, if your gambling is causing you to fall behind in school, miss work, have arguments with family or friends, or
worry about money you have lost, you may be a “problem gambler.”
Anyone who gambles can develop a gambling problem.
Responsible Gambling: Responsible Gambling describes the ways
in which games of chance are both offered and participated in a
socially responsible way that lowers the risk of gambling harms.
– Oregon Council on Problem Gambling & Oregon Problem Gambling Resource
Signs of a Gambling Problem
- Oregon Council on Problem Gambling Handbook
What can I do if I think someone has a gambling problem?
How do I start a conversation?
First, choose a comfortable place where you feel safe and will not be interrupted.
What do I say?
Keep it simple and straightforward.
Tell the person you care about her and you are concerned about how she is acting.
Tell the person exactly what he's done that concerns you.
Tell the person how her behavior is affecting other people – be specific
Be clear about what you expect from them: I want to talk to someone about your gambling
and what they can expect from you: I won't cover for you anymore.
-Oregon Problem Gambling Resource
Responsible Gambling: Dos and Don’ts
Older Adults and Gambling