Most New Zealanders enjoy buying the odd lotto ticket or pokies game, but for some people, it becomes addictive and causes havoc for their family, finances, work and friendships.
Estimates suggest that between 10,000 to 60,000 New Zealanders could be problem gamblers. Every gambler affects at least five others so at least 50,000 to 300,000 people in New Zealand could be personally suffering because of problem gambling.
- Every day New Zealanders lose $5.5 million on gambling and every gambler affects at least 5 others.
- If you live with someone who gambles, get help and support for yourself.
- Gambling is addictive and very few people can solve it on their own. Get help before things get worse for you or your family.
- Do not wait and think it will get better. Act now before more damage is done to you, your family or friends.
Take a test
Problem Gambling Foundation of NZ online test
Choice not Chance, NZ Health Promotion Agency online test