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What is problem gambling?

Making the odd bet or playing the lottery can be fun, but when gambling gets to risky levels it can become a problem.

10 tips to take control

Why do some people gamble?

  • To forget about responsibilities

  • When they feel depressed or sad

  • Are bored, especially if not working

  • When they drink or use drugs

  • When they get angry with others or themselves

  • If they start gambling very young

  • Simply don’t feel able to control their gambling

  • Have one or both parents who have problems gambling

  • To forget about responsibilities

Friends and family

Being a partner of someone with a gambling problem – or being their parent or child – is hard and can be distressing.

Loved ones often try to hide the size of the problem. Sometimes they feel their only options are to borrow, lie or steal to pay off debts.

Friends and family need support – help is available for them too.

Do you need help?

Have you or someone you know…

  • bet more than they can really afford to lose?
  • been criticised for betting or told that they have a gambling problem, regardless of whether or not they think it is true?
  • felt guilty about the way they gamble or what happens when they gamble?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions during the last year, help is available.

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.