We know that gambling can lead to problems for some individuals and their families. Is your gambling causing a problem for you or others around you?

The following signs may indicate a problem:

  • 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 like going out with friends or spending time with family
  • 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 larger amounts of money or for a longer time to get the same feeling of excitement or buzz
  • neglecting work, school, family, personal needs or household responsibilities because of gambling
  • feeling anxious, worried, guilty, depressed or irritable.

If you would like information about responsible gambling, including how to access confidential support and advice, visit the BeGambleAware website.

You can exclude yourself from all gambling websites licensed in the UK, GAMSTOP lets you put controls in place to prevent access to gambling websites for a time of your choosing. For more information, visit the GAMSTOP website.

Also, the National Health Service (NHS) offers valuable resources and support for gambling addiction. To access a questionnaire and seek further assistance, you can visit the NHS website's gambling addiction support page. It provides information on support groups, helplines, and treatment options available to individuals seeking help for their gambling problems.

While gambling can be a harmless form of entertainment for many, excessive gambling poses serious risks to individuals and those around them. The financial, mental health, and relationship problems associated with gambling addiction can have a devastating impact on one's life. Recognising the signs of addiction and seeking help is crucial in regaining control and working towards a healthier, happier life. Remember, support and resources are available, so don't hesitate to reach out for assistance.