Gambling can be an enjoyable pastime for the majority, however a number of people can develop a gambling addiction which can lead to a range of problems.
If you feel that you have developed an addiction to any form of gambling there are a number of offline and online resources that can offer you support and advice.
If you think that you have a gambling addiction then please contact one of the support organisations below as soon as possible as they'll be able to offer invaluable assistance.
BeGambleAware is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling.
More information can be found on their website:
0808 8020 133
Gamcare is a registered UK charity that offers similar support and can advise and help you through their extensive range of services relating to issues around gambling.
Get in touch with Gamcare using live chat on their website or via the phone number below:
0808 8020 133
GAMSTOP run a self exclusion scheme for UK residents that help you put in various controls that limit your ability to use online gambling companies and their websites.
Contact GAMSTOP via the web chat service on their website or by telephoning them:
0800 138 6518
Gamblers Anonymous is a worldwide support group that offers a great range of support and a lot of help that's usually required to assist in overcoming your addiction.
They can be contacted through their website or by the telephone number below:
0330 094 0322
When gambling it is very important that you take the following into consideration and follow a few simple rules as they're sure to help you gamble responsibly.
- Decide on how much money you can afford to bet, not how much you want to bet.
- When this limit has been reached, be prepared to walk away.
- Gambling can lead to addiction and seriously damage your financial situation.
- If you loose don't try and chase your losses.
- If you have won a small amount then be sensible and take your winnings.
- Gambling is a form of entertainment and is definitely not a get rich quick scheme.
- There are no guaranteed winning systems no matter what you've heard.