Problem gambling

We know that for some people gambling can become a problem, harming relationships and risking serious debt. Are you, or is someone you know, a problem gambler?

Spot the signs

There are a number of signs to look out for, these include:

  • Spending more money and time on gambling than you can afford
  • Finding it hard to manage or stop your gambling
  • Having arguments with family or friends about money and gambling
  • Losing interest in usual activities or hobbies and neglecting work, family and personal needs/responsibilities
  • Always thinking or talking about gambling
  • Lying about your gambling or hiding it from other people
  • Chasing losses or gambling to get out of financial trouble
  • Gambling until all of your money is gone
  • Borrowing money, selling possessions or not paying bills in order to pay for gambling
  • Needing to gamble with more money or for a longer period of time to get the same feeling of excitement
  • Feeling anxious, worried, guilty, depressed or irritable.

How to get help

If you have a problem with gambling, or you know someone who gambles compulsively, support and advice is available:

Are you affected by someone else’s gambling?

When someone you care about is gambling too much, it can be a very stressful situation and helping them can be tricky. They need to know how their behaviour is affecting you.

For support and advice on what you can do and the services available, visit:

  • GamAnon (external link) - Local support groups for anyone affected by someone else's gambling problem.
  • GamCare (external link) - Offers support and information for partners, friends and family of people who gamble compulsively
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