Ask the question

When a rapport has been established surrounding gambling, you can include these three questions in your conversation to establish if the person you are supporting is experiencing gambling harm. If a person answers yes to at least one of the three questions below, it is probable that they are experiencing harm from their gambling.

All gambling carries risk and an element of harm. Gambling harm is unique to every person. Everyone is harmed by gambling in different ways and to different degrees. Someone may answer no to these three questions above but answer ‘yes’ to:

Do you regularly spend more than the spending limits that you set for yourself?

Gambling is a hidden harm. You may have to be creative in asking similar questions for someone to confide that they are experiencing harm from gambling.