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Help for problem gambling

People gambling can be fun and exciting, it can easily become an addiction. This in turn can be extremely damaging to our well-being, as well as having an impact on those closest to us.

If you have a problem with gambling and you’d like to stop, confidential, non-judgemental, expert advice, treatment and support is available.

GamCare is the leading provider of information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling. They operate the National Gambling HelpLine seven days a week from 8am – Midnight on Freephone 0808 8020 133 or via web chat. For more information: https://www.gamcare.org.uk/

Aquarius is a West Midlands based group helping people overcome the harms caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling. They work closely with individuals, families and friends to help you with each step of your journey to recovery. For more information: https://aquarius.org.uk/gambling/

If you have been affected by someone else’s gambling

If you’re having problems because of another person’s gambling, it’s best to be honest with them about it. They need to know how their behaviour is affecting you.

Support is also available to people who are worried about someone else’s gambling:

GamCare

Offers support and information for partners, friends and family of people who gamble compulsively.

GamAnon
Local support groups for anyone affected by someone else’s gambling problem – find your nearest group.

How safe is your gambling? Try this questionnaire:

  • Do you bet more than you can afford to lose?
  • Do you need to gamble with larger amounts of money to get the same feeling?
  • Have you tried to win back money you have lost (chasing losses)?
  • Have you borrowed money or sold anything to get money to gamble?
  • Have you wondered whether you have a problem with gambling?
  • Has your gambling caused you any health problems, including feelings of stress or anxiety?
  • Have other people criticised your betting or told you that you had a gambling problem (regardless of whether or not you thought it was true)?
  • Has your gambling caused any financial problems for you or your household?
  • Have you ever felt guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?

Score 0 for each time you answer “never”
Score 1 for each time you answer “sometimes”
Score 2 for each time you answer “most of the time”
Score 3 for each time you answer “almost always”

If your total score is 8 or higher, you may be a problem gambler. Please see information above for confidential support and advice

Still need help?

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