Pathological Gambling

Treatment Profiles of Pathological Gamblers

Gender of pathological gamblers in treatment:


Pathological Gambling and Substance Dependence:


Pathological Gambling and Mental Health Diagnosis:


Ethnic background of pathological gamblers in treatment:

Gambling has a dual impact on the workplace. First it creates a need to exploit time. Second, there is the exploitation of resources to feed the gambling compulsion. The degree to which this dual exploitation of resources will occur is highly dependent on the extent of supervision exerted on the gambler at the job site. The greater the supervision, the fewer the opportunities to use time or employers money for gambling purposes.

Effects of Pathological Gambling in the Workplace

Time signs

  • Chronically late to work
  • Unexplained absences or disappearances from work
  • Leaves work early to gamble or meet bookie
  • Reads gambling related material openly
  • Excessive use of sick days
  • Vacation time centered around gambling activity
  • Does not take vacation time in a large block
  • Takes long lunch hours/breaks to gamble
  • Frequently requests to use phone

Financial Signs of Pathological Gambling

  • Borrows money from co-workers
  • Argues with co-workers about money owed to them
  • Frequently requests advances in salary
  • Numerous company credit union loans
  • Credit card or loan billings mailed to work
  • Family inquiries about salary
  • Requests pay instead of vacation time
  • Theft of company owned merchandise or property
  • Use of petty cash to float an overnight loan
  • Falsifies expense accounts

Signs of Gambling Activity at Work

  • Listening to or watching sports events at work
  • Making book for other employees, including the employer
  • Receiving phone calls or visits from bookie, creditors, etc.
  • Arranging card games for money during lunch or breaks
  • Organizing office pools and/or sports pools

Performance Signs of Gambling at Work

  • Decline of grooming habits, appears sleepy, eyes bloodshot
  • Appears depressed or anxious
  • Decreases in capability and efficiency
  • Preoccupied, lack of concentration
  • Assignments frequently not completed
  • Absent from meetings, late for appointments
  • Reluctant to take time off
  • Complains about family or other personal problems