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Gambling and Money Stress

Tuesday, 13 February 2024

With the cost of living at an all-time high, a lot of us are feeling stressed about money.

It’s important to remember that gambling can’t solve any money problems – in fact, gambling can make financial problems worse.

In this article, we look at how you can change your gambling habits when you’re worried about money, and what free support options are available for you.

 

Overcoming Gambling Harm in the New Year

Wednesday, 10 January 2024

The New Year can represent a time to start over or to make changes.

Many people make New Year’s resolutions to motivate them to pick up positive habits or move away from negative ones.

Your New Year’s resolution might be to make better financial choices, to reduce your gambling, to practise safer gambling, or to take a break from gambling.

In this article, we’ll share some tips on how you can overcome gambling harm in the New Year.

 

Managing Financial Stress During the Holiday Season

Wednesday, 13 December 2023

The holiday season can be a time of celebration and making memories with our loved ones. It can also put us under significant financial pressure, which can lead to an increase in gambling harm.

In this blog post, we’ll share healthy ways to manage stress about money and why gambling is not the solution this holiday season.

 

Financial pressures and gambling

During the holidays, financial pressure can come from the expectations of gift-giving, family and social activities, travel expenses, and wanting to create memorable experiences with loved ones.

Older People and Gambling

Monday, 6 November 2023

Older folks are particularly at risk of gambling harm due to the ease at which seniors can access gaming venues, as well as risk factors such as loneliness and social isolation.

In this blog post, we’ll talk about the signs of gambling harm in older people, why older Queenslanders gamble, and how you can help your older loved one and yourself.

 

Signs of gambling harm in seniors

Gambling becomes harmful when it starts to have negative consequences on the person’s life and wellbeing.

Signs that gambling is becoming harmful may include:

Safer Online Sports Betting and Race Wagering

Friday, 3 November 2023

It has never been easier to have a punt on a match or a race. As more of us are placing a bet using phones or computers, the potential for experiencing harm from gambling increases.

It’s important to protect yourself: know about safer gambling practices, know the signs of gambling harm, and know how you can access free and confidential support 24/7.

This knowledge is even more critical during events like finals seasons, the Spring Racing Carnival, and the Melbourne Cup.

 

What do loot boxes and gambling have in common?

Thursday, 14 September 2023

Online gaming has become a global phenomenon, drawing players into immersive virtual worlds.

Within gaming, the rise of loot boxes has generated debate, particularly concerning their similarities with gambling.

This blog post provides an overview on loot boxes within online gaming, the potential harms they share with gambling, and how you can safely and responsibly continue to enjoy gaming.

 

What are loot boxes in games?

A loot box is a virtual container that players can purchase or earn in online gaming.

Gambling is taking over my life – how do I tell my partner?

Friday, 25 August 2023

Are you finding yourself overwhelmed by gambling’s influence on your life? If so, you’re not alone.

Research shows that among Australians who gamble, 46% are at risk of gambling harm.

It’s normal to have feelings of shame or embarrassment when you are gambling more than you would like to. Opening up to your partner about your gambling is never easy, but it is a brave step towards a better future for yourself and your relationship.

Gambling as a Coping Mechanism: How Trauma Can Lead to Gambling Harm

Wednesday, 5 July 2023

Trauma can have profound and long-lasting effects on a person’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

Painful memories and negative emotions may linger in the aftermath, leading to possible mental health issues such as depression, PTSD, or anxiety.

Some people use gambling to escape from the stress and emotional pain caused by their trauma. While gambling might offer temporary distraction and relief, people who have experienced trauma are at a higher risk and vulnerability of gambling harm.

How can I protect my children from gambling in the family?

Thursday, 27 April 2023

Are your children exposed to gambling through a parent, grandparent, or other family member? If so, they’re likely experiencing the negative consequences of gambling harm.

Research shows that on average, one person’s gambling has a ripple effect impacting around six people around them, from partners and children to friends and workmates.

Gambling and How to Build Better Habits

Wednesday, 26 April 2023

We all have habits we’ve created in our lives – good or bad – and changing our habits can feel overwhelming.

Have you ever tried to change your gambling habits when you felt motivated, but it didn’t seem to work in the long run?

Maybe you’re worried you spend too much time and money on gambling, and you’ve reached a point where you’re ready to take control of your gambling habits.

If this sounds like you, understanding how habits are formed and how to build healthy habits can help guide you on the right track towards safer gambling.

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