Gambling can be a lot of fun. However, it is best to set a limit for the time and amount of money you spend on gambling. Usually, that should be enough to keep the gambling it under control. In some cases, some additional measures should be taken.
If you spot any of the signs listed below, either for yourself or any person you know you should consider getting professional help. One of the organizations helping with overcoming gambling addiction is BeGambleAware - you can talk to them over the phone via the National Gambling Helpline 0808 8020 133 or have a live chat with them on their website.
The signs to look out for are:
- Spending more money and time that you can afford
- Having issues with managing or stopping your gambling within set limits
- Arguing with friends or family about gambling
- Not wanting to do the things that used to be fun - hobbies, spending time with friends or family
- Constantly thinking about gambling
- Hiding gambling or lying about it to others
- Trying to gamble your way out of financial problems
- Gambling until there is no money left
- Missing payments on utilities, selling goods, borrowing money to afford gambling
- Needing to spend more and more money and time to get the same thrill from gambling
- Postponing or neglecting all the personal or professional activities because of gambling
- Anxiety, worry, guilt, depression