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, thinkingabout 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

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 gameimg-lemonslots
  • 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