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My sports betting addiction: I wish I'd noticed the early warning signs and stayed away

Mario Bird: Socially, I hung around the guys that gambled and we just hung in a TAB all day and then we missed out on a lot of things such as parties and going out with our other friends.

Did I have a problem? Maybe? Did I care? No, why should I? I wasn't hurting anyone. Yet.

Not affording, being able to afford lunch most days of the week. A small car loan which I couldn't repay which was only $30 a week.

I struggled to pay that and I disregarded the early signs but I should have been aware of them more and not ignored them.

I want to be a good role model for my kids and now I am and I want to tell my story to young men in particular and as I said just to keep them away for the harms of gambling and I don't want to go through what I've gone through.

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