Gambling online should be fun and enjoyable, a form of entertainment. For a lot of people, gambling is exactly that. However, for some, gambling online can be or can lead to a problem.
If you feel yourself or someone close to you has a gambling problem, help is available. Visit www.gamcare.org.uk
or contact the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133.
How can I gamble responsibly?
- Ensure you see gambling as a form of entertainment and balance it with other activities
- Keep track of the time you spend gambling, setting prompts for yourself if needed and remember to take regular breaks from gambling
- Only gamble with funds you can afford to lose and be sure to never chase your losses
- Gamble only when in the right frame of mind and not under the influence of alcohol, as this can lead to impaired decisions
- If you ever feel that your gambling is becoming a problem, reach out for help
How do I know if I have a gambling problem?
- Do you often gamble on your own, for long periods? Avoiding other activities or staying out of work?
- Have you ever needed to increase your stake size, to fulfil the excitement you're after?
- Have you ever hidden your gambling from anyone close to you?
- Have you suffered from mood swings and felt irritated when away from gambling?
- Have you ever felt that you gamble to avoid other problems in your life?
- Have you ever been tempted by a dishonest act, to finance your gambling?
- Have you ever told others you have won once whilst gambling, when you have actually lost?
- Have you ever attempted to reduce the amount you spend gambling, be it time and/or money, and not succeeded?
- Have you borrowed money to gamble and been unable to pay this back?
- Have you ever sold any of your possessions to fund your gambling?
If you have read and answered "yes" to any of the above questions, then you might need to take control of your gambling.
- Limit your deposits, expenditure and the time you spend online. Our recommended betting sites provide tools that allow you to impose your own limits.
- Seek help from someone close to help manage your gambling limits.
- If the above fails, stop gambling.
- If preventing access to gambling facilities on the internet is what you need, visit www.gamblock.com.
If you need further help, advice and support, contact one of the following independent help services:
0808 8020 133
0808 8020 133
National Problem Gambling Clinic
0800 0234 650
Do not be embarrassed or afraid to ask for help.