Being a compulsive gambler can harm your health and relationships, and leave you with serious debt problems. Some examples of gambling include: Betting shops, Bingo, Online Bingo, Casinos, Slot machines, Sport betting, Lottery cards, and Poker games.
Many people like to place the odd bet or play the lottery, but it only becomes a problem for about 9 people in every 1000. However, a further 70 people out of every 1000 gamble at risky levels that can become a problem in the future.
If you have a problem with gambling and you would like to stop, support and treatment is available.
Are you a problem gambler?
Please try this questionnaire:
Assess your score
Help for Problem Gamblers
Treatment and support groups are available for people who want to stop gambling:
Gordon Moody Association
Gamblers Anonymous UK
Self-help Tips for Problem Gamblers
pay important bills, such as your mortgage, on payday before you gamble
spend more time with family and friends who don't gamble
deal with your debts rather than ignoring them
Support for Family and Friends
If you are experiencing problems because of another person's gambling, it is best to be honest with them about it. They need to know how their behaviour is affecting you.