There has a huge increase in online, TV and radio advertising for gambling and gaming sites over recent years. These adverts tend to portray gambling as a quick, fun, and carefree way of winning substantial amounts of money whilst skating over the very real risks. The adverts are designed to appeal to those people in society who can least afford it and are currently seen as even more tempting, and potentially damaging, due to the cost of living crisis gripping the country.
But when does gambling become an addiction?
What is compulsive gambling?
Compulsive gambling is when you are unable to stop placing bets even after realising that this is having a hugely negative impact on you and those people closest to you, including your family and dependents. You may find that gambling becomes a way of coping with other problems in your life, and that the ‘’buzz’’ of placing a bet becomes a distraction from these problems. This is a pattern which is repeated day in day out and can become an even bigger problem than the original one you were distracting yourself from.
According to YouGov ‘around 7% of the population (nearly 1 million people) of Great Britain were found to be negatively affected by someone else’s gambling’.
So, do you have a gambling addiction?
Answer these questions honestly and if you answer yes to one or more of them it could be time for you to get help.
Are you unable to stop gambling?
Does your gambling have a negative impact on your life?
Do you feel anxious or depressed if you are not able to gamble?
Do you spend more money than you should on your gambling?
Do you feel like your gambling controls you rather than you being in control of the gambling?
Have others around you shown concern about the amount of time/money you are spending gambling?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions you may have a gambling addiction and could benefit from our specialist services for gamblers.