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article imageGamblers can see problems in others but not in themselves

By KJ Mullins     May 5, 2010 in World
Toronto - When it comes to risky behaviour and gambling it is easier to see another's problematic gambling than your own, according to a recent Ipsos-Reid survey out of Ontario.
Do you spend money meant for rent on gambling? Does gambling consume your life? Are you a closet gambler-hiding your activities from family and friends? If you answered yes to any of those questions you may have a gambling problem, says The Responsible Gambling Council.
The survey found that 92 percent of Ontario adults could see at least one risky behaviour in someone else but only one out of five could spot their own in the past year. These 'blind spots', if left unchecked, could lead to a gambling problem.
The three most common blind spots are spending more money than intended while gambling, trying to win back losses and losing track of time while gambling.
"Experiencing any of these blind spots at one time doesn't necessarily add up to a gambling problem," says Jon Kelly, CEO, Responsible Gambling Council in a press release obtained by Digital Journal. "The important thing is, if you see a number of these blind spots in your life, or in the life of someone you care about, give yourself a reality check. In Toronto, an estimated 68,200 people are experiencing a moderate to severe gambling problem. RGC wants people in Toronto to check their blind spot now - to avoid a problem in the future."
"A gambling problem isn't something that suddenly appears," explains Paula Antoniazzi, Program Director, Responsible Gambling Council. "In our research, people with firsthand experience with a gambling problem have told us, 'I didn't see it coming.' There are usually early warning signs that can tip you off to a potential problem."
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