Are you a woman who wonders if you’re gambling too much?

Help is available.

We provide trainings on women and gambling disorder, as well as work to increase support for women experiencing problems with gambling. We can direct you to women-friendly meetings, or help you connect with others.

Some facts about women and gambling:

  • It has been suggested that women’s motivation to gamble primarily comes from boredom, loneliness, and isolation, which may explain why women prefer playing games that maximize their playing time (Brown & Coventry, 1997; Trevorrow & Moore, 1998).
  • The longer women spend gambling during one sitting, the less time there will be to be bored or to notice feelings of loneliness or isolation. (Jill Heater and David Patton (2006). Gender differences in problem gambling behaviour from help-line callers. Journal of Gambling Issues, 16).
  • Women are more likely than men to report anxiety and suicide attempts as a result of gambling (Potenza et al., 2001).


“The power of the disease, how it affected me, was just beyond words that I can describe. At the end of my addiction, I was in a very bad way. I had my kids taken away from me, I was thrown out of my house, I was involved in criminal activities.” — Cindy