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Call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966.

It’s free, confidential and available 24 hours a day!
 
 Problem Gambling Quick Facts
 
Problem gambling refers to any gambling that goes beyond the “normal” bounds of gambling for fun, recreation or entertainment
Compulsive gambling (or pathological gambling) is a recognized and treatable illness
Providing financial bailout for compulsive gamblers may actually make the problem worse
Gambling is not a way to solve financial problems
Children of problem gamblers may be at higher risk for a broad range of health, mental health and school related problems
  
 Common Warning Signs
Bragging about winning, exaggerating wins and/or minimizing losses
Spending a lot of time gambling, thinking about or planning to gamble
Restless or irritable when not gambling
Borrowing for gambling
Hiding time spent gambling or hiding bills and unpaid debts
Lying about how much time or money is spent on gambling
Don’t use gambling as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain
Listen for answers to help...
 
  
 Tips for Responsible Gambling
 
Gamble only if it’s fun
Think of the money you lose as the cost of entertainment
Set a dollar limit and stick to it
Set a time limit and stick to it
Accept losing as part of the game
  
 
Don’t borrow money to gamble
Don’t let gambling interfere with family, friends or work
Don’t gamble to win back losses
Don’t use gambling as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain
Know the warning signs of problem gambling