It has been said that Aussies will bet on two flies climbing up a wall.
Today’s forms of gambling are far more sophisticated, with online apps meaning that you can literally gamble 24 hours a day, seven days a week – all from the comfort of your own home.
For most people, gambling is just another pastime; a social activity managed within a budget, and kept under control.
But for a small number of Australians gambling develops from a simple pastime or form of entertainment to a dangerous addiction.
And that addiction often comes with devastating effects, even suicide.
During October, Gambling Awareness Week placed a spotlight on this issue, trying to raise awareness of just how sinister and addictive this activity can become.
Our children are at risk, due to the explosion of on-line games which hold their attention and demand that they reach higher levels in order to maintain a “high.”
But help is available.
The hardest step can be firstly admitting that you have a problem with gambling, then reaching out for help.
Lifeline Central West has Gambling Help and Financial Counsellors who provide free and confidential counselling in a non-judgmental and supportive environment.
They can also help you understand and manage your gambling addiction, and start finding a way out of addiction.
Take the first step now and call 1300 798 258. We want to help.