Who Are Affected

Some of the most common ways people are affected by living with a problem gambler are:

Financial difficulties resulting in

  • less money to spend on food and other basic living costs
  • loss of business
  • loss of home
  • eviction from rental or foreclosure on a mortgage
  • risk of homelessness
  • bankruptcy
  • increased financial pressure
  • Increased stress levels, sometimes resulting in stress related illnesses
  • Domestic violence
  • Relationship breakdown

Young people living with a gambling parent have been found to be at greater risk of:

  • Developing unhealthy patterns of behaviour and addictions (smoking, drinking,
  • drug use, overeating and gambling)
  • Feeling like they are on a see-saw, having their needs ignored by their parents
  • and/or then finding their parents become overly indulgent or attentive
  • Abuse by parents
  • School performance being affected
  • Stress related illnesses such as eczema, asthma and allergies

Lower quality of life
Poor problem solving skills