Loss of Money
How much money must someone lose before being considered an excessive gambler?
It is not the amount of money lost that determines whether someone is an excessive player or not. Indeed, the loss of a certain sum of money (for example 100 francs) can have very different consequences depending on the financial resources available. Although financial problems are common among excessive gamblers, they are not the only difficulties that may arise.
It is common for people with gambling difficulties to experience family problems (e.g. divorce or family tension), social problems (e.g. disinterest in their usual social activities or social isolation), problems at work (e.g. difficulty concentrating at work, lateness or even dismissal), physical health problems (e.g. fatigue or muscle pain) or emotional difficulties (e.g. anxiety, depression, or suicidal ideation). The most useful way to determine whether a person is gambling excessively, is to consider the amount of negative consequences they are experiencing. Furthermore, the player`s ability to control their gambling should also be taken into account. Difficulties in controlling the amount of money spent on gambling or time spent playing can also be indicative of a problem.