Gambling should be for leisure and entertainment - however some people become addicted to gambling.
The biggest negative effect of gambling is loss of money. If someone has a gambling problem and loses a great deal of money, this can result in debt, asset loss, bankruptcy, fraud, theft, job loss or poor performance at work, stress and even suicide.
If you are concerned that you may have a gambling problem, try completing the National Responsible Gambling online checklist.
If you need more information, you can contact the South African Responsible Gambling Foundation's Tollfree Helpline on 0800 006 008, or if you prefer you can complete their online contact form to send them an e-mail.
Counselling services are confidential and free - 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
- The Promotion of Responsible Gambling in South Africa (Reports and Research)
- Responsible Gaming Website (Link)
- National Gambling Act (Act)