Problem Gambling

Problem gambling is a recurring problem that we see here in our practice at Kuldip Counselling. Below, we have some brief information in a few relevant areas, and you will find links to other pages with more detailed information.

In 2018 the University of Lethbridge conducted a study to determine the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling in Canada. Their findings were as follows: approximately 0.60% of the population has a problem with gambling, or about 156,000 people across the provinces, and there are slightly higher rates in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, although the rates across provinces are similar. 

In addition to that number, another 2.7% of the population are considered “at-risk.” There are two significant statistical problems with this study. The first is that only the provinces were used in the study, and Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon were left out. The second problem is that these statistical analyses were based on self-reporting, or individuals filling out forms and reporting their gambling behaviours. There are well-documented problems associated with self-reporting in research. For example, individuals may be embarrassed to tell the truth or the whole truth, and they may also forget pertinent details and dates.

While this recent research is valuable in many ways, as psychological professionals, we also have to recognize that these numbers attributed to problem and at-risk gamblers may be grossly underestimated. With that in mind, we are going to move on to some other topics of interest.

Signs of Problem Gambling 

Here we list for you some of the telltale signs that someone has a problem with gambling, such as missing meetings or being secretive about finances.

Find out more information on Signs of Problem Gambling.

Online Gambling

Here we discuss the different types of online gambling available in British Columbia.

Find out more information on Online Gambling.

Types of Gambling Addictions

Here was discuss gambling addictions and addictive behaviour in general.

Find out more information on the Types of Gambling Addictions.

Problem Gambling FAQs

What are some common questions about gambling? Find out here.

Read some of our Problem Gambling FAQS.

Clinical Gambling Program

If you are having a gambling problem or you think you may be at risk for one, or you have a close family member with a gambling problem, please contact us with the form provided on this page, and let us help you. Gambling addictions are treatable with the appropriate help, and help is available.

Find our more about our Clinical Gambling Program.