Question: Can gambling affect your physical health?

How does gambling affect you physically?

Negative health impacts

Multiple studies, including one in Ontario, have found that persons with gambling disorders have poorer self-reported health1214 and report higher rates of stress-related physical ailments, including severe symptoms of heartburn and backache.

What are 4 signs that gambling has become a problem for someone?

When someone develops a gambling problem, there are often noticeable changes to their mood and behaviour, including:

  • Becoming withdrawn from others/family events.
  • Performance at work is being affected.
  • Seeming worried, agitated or upset for no apparent reason.
  • Reporting feeling hopeless, depressed, frustrated or suicidal.

What is a common physical health complaint among people with gambling disorder?

From a medical perspective, pathological gamblers are at increased risk to develop stress-related conditions, such as hypertension, sleep deprivation, cardiovascular disease, and peptic ulcer disease.

What happens when you gamble too much?

Gambling can stimulate the brain’s reward system much like drugs or alcohol can, leading to addiction. If you have a problem with compulsive gambling, you may continually chase bets that lead to losses, hide your behavior, deplete savings, accumulate debt, or even resort to theft or fraud to support your addiction.

What are some signs that gambling is a serious problem?

Signs of problem gambling

  • spending more time or money than intended.
  • arguing with family and friends after gambling.
  • after losing at gambling, having an urge to return as soon as possible to win back losses.
  • feeling guilty or remorseful about gambling.
  • borrowing money or selling assets to gamble.
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How do you spot a gambling problem?

Common symptoms of a gambling addiction

  1. Overcoming social isolation by visiting betting shops or casinos.
  2. To feel a rush of adrenaline and dopamine as a ‘happy’ brain chemical release.
  3. Numb, unpleasant feelings and problems which cannot be easily resolved.
  4. Boredom and a desire to pass the time.