Addictions to gambling, alcohol and food can be lifelong habits.  But there are resources available to help you change your ways.   

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Gambling it all away

Gambling it all away

Gambling away money on the pokies can become a problem for older people

Gambling among older people and those who have suffered from the effects of gambling caused by others is largely unreported.

It’s useful to be aware of the risks of gambling, and to know there is lots of help and advice available.

Diane Matthews is a counsellor for the Problem Gambling Foundation and has encountered several older people who have been affected by gambling.

One man was playing pokies and realised he had not given his mother dinner so he went home, heated a tin of spaghetti, then headed straight back to the pub.