Who is this advice for?
Anyone who gambles or is thinking about gambling. You should be aware of the potential problems that can arise from gambling.
General Guidelines For Gamblers:
- Establish set spending limits before you start a session of gambling and stop before you reach your personal limit.
- Decide how long you want to gamble for and keep your eye on the time during the session.
- You should not gamble while under the influence of alcohol or other substance.
- If you have had a gambling problem in the past then you should not gamble at all.
- Gambling is not a source of income, it can not be used to raise money.
For further reading and more in depth advice please visit these resources now:
www.gambleaware.co.uk – Advice for anyone taking part in gambling.
www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk – Advice for gamblers who think they have a problem and information about meetings taking place in your area.
www.gamcare.org.uk – A charity that provides real counselling, support and advice to problem gamblers.
www.gamblingtherapy.org – Online advice and group therapy from people with experience of problem gambling.
Do I have a gambling problem?
Along with the resources mentioned above you should ask yourself these questions on a regular basis if you gamble:
- When you run out of money during gambling, do you feel in despair or lost, and feel the urge to gamble again as soon as possible?
- Do you take time off work or college to gamble?
- Do you gamble to distract from a boring or sad life?
- Do you keep on gambling until you run out of cash, even down to the last few pence?
- Do others ever criticised your level of gambling?
- When someone close to you asks about your gabling, have you ever lied about the amount of money or time spent gambling?
- Have you lied, stolen or borrowed just to get money to gamble or pay gambling debts?
- Are you hesitant to spend ‘gambling money’ on anything else?
- Have you lost interest in your family, friends or other pastimes because of gambling?
- After losing, do you feel you must try and win back your losses as soon as possible?
- Do arguments, frustrations or disappointments make you want to gamble more?
- Do you feel depressed or suicidal because of your gambling?
If you answer yes to any of these questions then you should seek advice from the resources above and family and friends.