How Gambling Affects Your Body and Mind



Gambling involves wagering something of value on a random event where instances of strategy are discounted. The activity has three components – consideration, risk, and a prize.

Problem gambling can have severe negative effects on people’s health, including their mental and physical wellbeing, relationships with family and friends, work or study performance, and their financial situation. It can also lead to debt, homelessness, and even suicide.

Many older adults enjoy gambling, but the positive effects can be eroded when it becomes an addiction. It can overstimulate the brain’s reward system, changing your brain chemistry and making it harder to control the behaviour.

It’s important to understand how gambling affects your body and mind so you can stay safe. The information on this site will help you to make decisions about gambling that are right for you and protect yourself from harm. It will also help you to help a friend or family member if they’re struggling with gambling. There are effective treatments for gambling addiction, so don’t ignore it. Find out what causes problems with gambling, what you can do about it, and how to get support if you’re worried. You can also watch real-life stories of people who’ve found treatment and recovery, and find out about the resources available to help you or someone you care about. This website is provided by the Responsible Gambling Council, a non-profit organisation that promotes safer gambling.