Problem gambling is any type of gambling that compromises, disrupts, or damages your personal, family, working and social relationships, as well as your financial situation. It also has a great effect on the individual’s physical, emotional and mental health.
The Canadian Problem Gambling Index, in its final report, defines problem gambling as:
Problem gambling is gambling behaviour that creates negative consequences for the gambler, others in his or her social network, or for the community.
Problem gambling has a serious impact on not only the gambler, but also on family members, friends and co-workers.
Gamblers Anonymous define problem gambling as:
Any betting or wagering, for self or other whether for money or not, no matter how slight or insignificant, where the outcome is uncertain or depend upon chance or skill constitutes gambling.