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Problem Gambling Awareness

Problem Gambling: Have the conversation

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Problem Gambling is known as the Hidden Addiction. Unlike other addictions, problem gamblers do not display physical signs. There are no “bet marks” on their arms, no “,” no “dice eyes,” and no saturation point. While visible symptoms are minimal, problem gamblers are often depressed, anxious, and may have suicidal thoughts. They often neglect family and friends, run up large amounts of debt, and may be involved in illegal activity in order to fund their addiction.

What is problem gambling?

Problem gambling–or gambling addiction–includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits. The symptoms include increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, “chasing” losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences. In extreme cases, problem gambling can result in financial ruin, legal problems, loss of career and family, or even suicide.

Who is at risk for problem gambling?

Anyone who gambles can develop problems. This is why it is important to be aware of the risks and to gamble in a responsible way, if you choose to gamble. When gambling behavior interferes with finances, relationships and the workplace, a serious problem already exists.

There is hope. Help is available.


We can collectively play a part in tackling problem gambling among the different groups of people and those it affects.


By becoming aware about problem gambling you can help the Gamcare raise awareness and bring this public health issue to light. Understand it, recognize it, and understand that this is a treatable problem.

Support us

As gambling continues to be more accessible, the Gamcare needs your continued support in order for us to assist those who reach out for help. Contact us for FREE educational and training opportunities and become a responsible gaming advocate.

Lets remove stigma

Often, people who are suffering with a gambling problem are reluctant to reach out for help. Gamcare helps many to understand that they’re not alone, and that treatment is available for anyone contacting the 24/7 confidential HelpLine,

0393 228819.

Here to help.

Gamcare Uganda is dedicated to raising awareness of problem gambling throughout Uganda and providing resources and support to anyone suffering from this hidden addiction. There is hope. There is help

A gambling addiction can be had to spot. 
Learn the signs.


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  • Restless or irritable when trying to cut down or stop gambling.

  • Need to gamble with increasing amounts to achieve the desired excitement.

  • Repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back on or stop gambling.

  • After losing money gambling, often returning to get even. (This is referred to as "chasing" one's losses.)

  • Frequent thoughts about gambling (such as reliving past gambling or planning future gambling).

  • Often gambling when feeling distressed

  • Borrowing from others to solve problems caused by gambling.

  • Lying to hide gambling activity.

Contact the helpline

0393 228819

0393 228819



Our services are confidential and non-judgemental

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