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Youth at Risk
According to the American Psychiatric Association, 10–15% of young people asked have significant gambling problems; 6% of the teens who have tried gambling have become pathological gamblers.
What is gambling?
Gambling is taking part in any game or activity in which you risk money or a valuable object in order to win money.
A few examples include:
- Lotteries (Lotto 6/49®, Lotto Super 7®)
- Instant lotteries (7 chanceux®, other scratch cards)
- Betting on billiards or pool
- Card games (poker, blackjack, etc.)
- Private sports betting/sports lotteries (Mise-au-jeu®)
- Casino games (slot machines, roulette, Keno®)
- Video lottery terminals
- Internet gambling
- Do you often find yourself thinking about gambling activities and/or planning the next time you will play?
- Do you need to spend more and more money on gambling activities to get the same level of excitement?
- Do you become restless, tense, fed-up, or bad-tempered when trying to cut down or stop gambling?
- Do you ever gamble to escape or forget problems?
- After losing money on gambling activities, do you ever return another day to try and win your money back?
- Have you lied to your family and friends about your gambling?
- Have you spent your lunch or transportation money on gambling activities?
- Have you taken money from someone you live with, without their knowledge, in order to gamble?
- Have you stolen money from outside the family or shoplifted in order to gamble?
- Have you experienced problems with members of your family or close friends because of your gambling?
- Have you missed school or work in order to participate in gambling activities?
- Have you ever had to ask for help because of your gambling?
IF YOU HAVE ANSWERED “YES” TO SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS YOU MAY BE LOSING CONTROL OVER YOUR GAMBLING BEHAVIOUR?
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS? Call our 24/7 Confidential helpline: 1-800-522-4700
Signs of problem gambling:
In adolescents, manifestation of gambling problems is not always as clear as those commonly observed in adult problem gamblers. However, some signs can indicate the development of a growing problem:
- a consuming interest in gambling and gambling-related activites
- problems in school, such as a loss of interest or unexplained absences
- changes in personality or demeanour
- changes in relationships (new friends and acquaintances, ignoring old friends)
- changes in mood
- explosive expression of anger
- signs of anxiety and stress
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