Why do people gamble?

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Did you know 70% of the Queensland population participates in gambling?

People gamble for many reasons, but some behaviours and motivations can be warning signs for gambling harm. 

In this blog post, we’re going to discuss three common pathways to gambling harm: behavioural, emotional, and biological.

Tips for Setting Financial Goals and Budgeting

Thursday, 2 June 2022

A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions around money. In fact, two in five (42%) Australians reported wanting to save more money or reduce their spending in 2021. 

Setting financial goals and developing a budget are great ways to take control of your finances. It can also help you keep track of your gambling habits and set limits.

This can help you understand your spending patterns, decide what’s important to you, and make changes to get closer to where you want to be. But it can also be hard to know where to start.

Signs Someone May Have a Gambling Problem

Monday, 30 May 2022

Gambling can be a common recreational activity for some Aussies. In fact, 70% of Queenslanders participate in some form of gambling.

Whether it’s buying a lotto ticket or placing a bet at the races, there are more ways to gamble anywhere, at any time, than ever before.

This makes it more important than ever to know how to gamble safely, which can look like:

Benefits of Discussing Money Early in Your Relationship

Monday, 16 May 2022

A recent survey by Afterpay found over 50% of Australians would consider breaking up with their partner for having different money habits. But 15% of Australians have never talked about money in their previous or current relationship.

How has COVID impacted gambling?

Friday, 13 May 2022

COVID has impacted us all in one way or another, changing the daily lives of many.

Early on, COVID caused disruptions to the gambling industry with lockdowns, venue closures, and major sporting event cancellations.

This limited access to many forms of gambling, which may have contributed to an increase in online gambling.

Why is it difficult to stop gambling?

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Are you impacted by your gambling, but as much as you’d like to, you find it hard to stop?

If gambling is causing you stress but you continue to chase the feeling of excitement it gives, this could be a sign of problem gambling.

Once there’s an awareness that gambling may be impacting your life, it’s very normal for it to take a toll on your emotions, causing a sense of guilt and shame. And these feelings can actually increase your urges to gamble.

Gambling and Alcohol

Thursday, 23 December 2021

Drinking and gambling go hand in hand for some people.

One of the things that can make gambling more complex is the relationship with alcohol and the potential to overlap. An Australian study found alcohol featured strongly in betting behaviour, with 64% of young men saying they had bet on sports while drinking.

This might not surprise you as a lot of people do their betting at the local pub, and pokies are often in venues that serve alcohol.

How to Overcome Gambling Triggers this Holiday Season

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

The holiday season can be a time for celebration and a chance to rest and recharge. But it’s common for stress and anxiety to arise among the excitement, as well as an increase in gambling.

Factors such as financial stress, family conflict, and substance use may trigger gambling urges during the holiday period.

We hope these tips help if you’re bothered by urges to gamble over Christmas.


Do I Have a Gambling Problem?

Monday, 15 November 2021

Is gambling impacting your life?

It’s no secret that gambling is popular in Australia. In fact, 70% of Queensland adults engage in gambling of some kind – the highest rate of gambling in the world.

But how do you know when your gambling isn’t safe? What is problem gambling, and what can you do about it?

We look at some gambling problem symptoms and where you can get help here.


How Can I Stop Gambling on My Own?

Monday, 15 November 2021

Has gambling become a problem for you?

When enjoyed safely, gambling can be a fun form of entertainment. But if it gets out of control, it can start to cause problems in your life and relationships.

We hope this advice helps if you want to know how to stop yourself from gambling or learn ways to gamble safely.


Recognise Risky Behaviours

Knowing the common signs of problem gambling can help you keep an eye on your gambling habits.

Some signs your gambling might not be safe include:


Contact us

If gambling has become a problem for you, or someone you care about, get some help. It’s free and confidential.

Call the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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