What is Problem Gambling & What Assistance is Available?
A federal government enquiry into the gambling industry in Australia (1999) stated, "around 2.1% of Australians had a gambling problem" that's around 300,000 people. And the problem continues to grow.
Gambling problems do not just affect the gambler. Family, friends and co-workers can also be affected. Gambling can lead to health problems and relationship problems.
One of the biggest problems for gamblers is that they often find themselves in debt.
Problem gambling, also known as compulsive or pathological gambling, is a condition in which a person is addicted to gambling. More often than not, those who become problem gamblers spend large amounts of money and cause damage to much more than their wallets.
Gambling addiction costs families much more than money - sometimes it leaves them without money for food or for payment of bills.
If you think you may be a problem gambler or you know someone who might be, you need to act as soon as possible to help break the cycle of addiction and debt.
Each state across Australia has a Gambling Helpline. These numbers are:
ACT (02) 6247 0655
NSW 1800 633 635
NT 1800 629 683
QLD 1800 222 050
SA 1800 060 757
TAS 1800 000 973
VIC 1800 156 789
WA 1800 622 112
The debts, which have arisen from a gambling problem, also must be addressed.
Fox Symes is the largest provider of debt solutions to individuals and businesses in Australia. Fox Symes helps over 100,000 Australians each year resolve their debt and take financial control.
If you are in debt and want to know more about the solutions available to you contact us on 1300 098 127.