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Signs of gambling

Although often difficult to identify, there can be signs a young person is beginning to gamble.

Is your teenager:

  • spending time talking or thinking about gambling
  • obsessing about simulated gambling apps and games
  • obsessing about odds when watching sport instead of focusing on the game
  • borrowing money from family and friends
  • being secretive about their activities
  • having mood swings or appearing stressed
  • suffering forms of depression, including isolation from friends
  • skipping school or not doing as well as usual
  • behaving in a way that worries you?

What can you do?

Research has found that people who begin gambling at a young age are at a greater risk of developing gambling problems as an adult. If you’re a parent or have a teenager in your life, talk to them about the risks of gambling.

Find out more

Our Gambler's Help website has further information on ways to support people who are experiencing harm from gambling. Call the Gambler's Help telephone line 24/7 on 1800 858 858 for support and advice.

Concerned about your teenager? Find out how to get help

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