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Gambling

Commonly known as: betting, gambling, gaming

Gambling

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People gamble for many reasons: the adrenaline rush, to win money, to socialise or to try and escape from worries or stress. However, for some people gambling can get out of control. If you find yourself betting more than you can afford to lose, borrowing money, or feeling stressed and anxious about gambling, you may have a problem.

Disordered or problematic gambling is in many ways the carbon monoxide of addictions.  You can’t see it or smell it the way you can with other addictions such as alcohol and drugs.  It is thought that for every person who is suffering from problematic gambling, 6-10 others are affected.

For individuals, gambling harms can relate to loss of more money than is affordable, disrupted work performance, mental and physical health problems, lowered living standards, debt, bankruptcy and criminal justice problems. They can include disrupted and ruptured partnerships as well as social and emotional isolation.

 

Worried about your gambling or that of someone else?

It is always a good idea to reflect on your gambling behaviour and ask yourself:-

  • Are you betting more than you could afford to lose?
  • Do you chase your losses?
  • Have you felt guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?
  • Have you been affected by someone else’s gambling?

If your answer is yes, you may wish to consider getting some support.

Last updated: 28.07.2022

Help and support to help manage gambling problems

See below for helplines relevant to gambling and mental health. To see our full list of helplines, visit our helplines page.

ARA Recovery for all

Ara – Recovery 4 all

Ara –Recovery 4 all is the National Gambling Treatment Provider in Wales and provides free advice, support and counselling for anyone affected by Gambling Harms.

Learn more about Ara –Recovery 4 all ➝
Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others do the same.

Visit the Gamblers Anonymous website ➝
Gam Care Gambling Support

National Gambling Helpline

GamCare operates the National Gambling HelpLine on Freephone 0808 8020 133 or via web chat, providing information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling.

Advisers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Visit Gam Care website ➝
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