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Call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at


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