When is gambling a problem?

You have a problem with gambling when you:

  • are not able to keep up with your financial responsibilities
  • have unpaid bills due to gambling
  • are secretive about your gambling with friends
  • are moody or angry because of your gambling
  • prioritise your gambling over other parts of your life.

You may feel a range of emotions if you have a problem with gambling. It is important to seek confidential support to help you through. Gambling can become an addiction and can lead to loss of money and damage to your physical and mental health. It can have serious consequences on your personal life, family and relationships and impact on your academic success.

Learn more about gambling issues and the help available to you.

Online support

Chat with a counsellor 24/7 at Gambler’s Help.

Apps that help

Keep track of your spending with Stay on Track (iOS and Android)

Other tips

  • Although easier said than done, acknowledge that your gambling is a problem.
  • Limit your access to cash.
  • Reconnect with those friends who do not attend gambling venues.
  • Join a self-help group near your home at Gambler’s Anonymous.

Gambling and your study

Spending money meant for your uni fees and books may result in you not able to pay your fees or buy the books or materials needed to succeed in your program. If you are unable to pay bills that are due, contact a Student Wellbeing Advisor for advice.