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Problem Gambling vs Entertainment

Problem gambling is defined as any gambling behaviour that compromises, disrupts or damages one or more areas of a person’s life. This can include problems with personal relationships, family, friends, finances, school or work. Problem gambling can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race or social status. The gambling continuum illustrates how, as a person spends more time, money and energy gambling, the risk of developing a problem increases. Likewise, the risk for problems increases when, instead of viewing gambling as purely a form of entertainment, a player feels compelled to gamble either to make money or to win back lost money.

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