Who is at risk?

The causes for the development of pathological gambling are manifold and the influences are mutually. Normally, several conditions concur in order to develop an addiction. The following are the most important risk factors for the development of a problematic gambling behaviour or pathological gambling.

The risk increases when the person concerned ...

  • stops doing other activities except gambling, which have been fun in the past
  • neglects personal, professional and family obligations
  • little social contacts outside of the game
  • changes sleep, eating or sexual habits
  • neglects hygienic appearance more than before
  • drinks alcohol more often or consumes other drugs
  • always thinks about gambling or is introverted
  • is self-absorbed, absent
  • seems depressed, worried, or anxious
  • is less willing to use money for things besides gambling
  • Is longer not at home or reachable
  • retires from family and friends
  • has mood changes or sudden anger outbursts
  • suffers from boredom or restlessness
  • often borrows money from friends or dependents
  • voids insurances, contracts ect. to get cash
  • often changes between "bust" and "liquid"
  • steals money or valuables from relatives