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Free counselling for you
and those affected by your gambling

HAVE YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, BET MORE THAN THEY CAN AFFORD TO LOSE?

Have you felt guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?

We have a range of resources, tools and advice to help you.

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Need help?

Contact us for free and confidential advice about your gambling, or the gambling of someone close to you. Call us on 0330 1340 286, or email us.

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Self Assessment Quiz

See how you score on our gambling harms quiz.

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Support Manual

Our gambling harms support guide. Advice and activities to help you on your road to recovery. Includes information about self-exclusion, mutual aids, and debt.

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Self Exclusion

Self-exclusion means asking your gambling provider to exclude you from gambling with them. Find out more about self-exclusion here.

Money & Debt Management

Tips and advice for dealing with debt and money problems.

Affected Other?

Each person experiencing disordered gambling can negatively affect between 6 and 10 people.  We offer holistic support to family members.

Our counselling is free, flexible, and totally confidential.  You are not alone – approximately 430,000 people in the UK are directly suffering gambling harms.

Gambling Behaviour Quiz

Our gambling behaviour quiz is designed to show you how much of an impact gambling is having on your life.
You will see nine questions about gambling. Select which answer best reflects your own gambling behaviour.
We will then make recommendations for your next steps.

1. When you think of the past 12 months, have you bet more than you could really afford to lose?

 
 
 
 

2. Still thinking about the last 12 months, have you needed to gamble with larger amounts of money to get the same feeling of excitement?

 
 
 
 

3. When you gambled, did you go back another day to try to win back the money you lost?

 
 
 
 

4. Have you borrowed money or sold anything to get money to gamble?

 
 
 
 

5. Have you felt that you might have a problem with gambling?

 
 
 
 

6. Has gambling caused you any health problems, including stress or anxiety?

 
 
 
 

7. Have people criticised your betting or told you that you had a gambling problem, regardless of whether or not you thought it was true?

 
 
 
 

8. Has your gambling caused any financial problems for you or your household?

 
 
 
 

9. Have you felt guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?

 
 
 
 

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Top 10 tips to take control

  • Pay the priorities first, such as mortgage, rent, council tax, food.

  • Leave credit and cash cards at home when you go out to gamble.

  • Set how many times a week you will gamble. Be specific and name the days.

  • Take a time-out. Gambling companies must offer short breaks from 24 hours to 6 weeks, or longer options for a minimum of 6 months

  • If you use gaming machines or a betting account including online casinos, ask for a time and spending limit.

  • Think of gambling as entertainment rather than a way of making money. Always be prepared to lose – if you win, know that it is chance.

  • Never spend your savings or investments on gambling.

  • Ask friends and family not to lend you money if you ask them.

  • Spend more time with people who don’t gamble.

  • Talk to others about your worries or concerns rather than ‘bottling’ them up.

Ara, as a trusted GamCare partner, delivers gambling help in the following locations and surrounding areas:

  • Bath & North East Somerset
  • Bristol
  • Cornwall
  • Gloucestershire
  • North Somerset
  • Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire
  • Wales
  • Wiltshire

To access this service please call us on

0330 1340 286

or e-mail aragamblingservice@recovery4all.co.uk

As part of the National Gambling Treatment Service (NGTS), Ara works in partnership with GamCare, a registered charity and the leading national authority on the provision of advice, practical help support and counselling in addressing the social impact of gambling. GamCare offers advice and information by phone tel 0808 802 0133 and online www.gamcare.org.uk