What is a gambling addiction?
Gambling is a slippery slope that many can find difficult to climb out from. Chasing wins can very easily turn into chasing mental health and financial problems. It’s time to be honest with yourself.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with gambling addiction, check out our services and we can give you that bit of rope to climb out the gambling hole with. Remember, you’re not alone.
When it comes to types of gambling addiction, there are a few different categories:
- We have problem gambling, which is when gambling starts causing negative consequences in a person’s life.
- Then there’s compulsive gambling, where there’s an uncontrollable urge to gamble, even when it’s causing harm.
- And lastly, we have pathological gambling, which is a more severe form where gambling becomes a central focus, often leading to financial and emotional difficulties.
Recognising the signs of gambling addiction is crucial. Some common signs include spending more money and time on gambling than intended, feeling restless or irritable when trying to cut back or stop, and lying to hide gambling activities from loved ones.
Statistics for gambling addiction in the UK:
Currently, around 0.7% of the population are classified as problem gamblers, while 2.7% are considered at-risk gamblers. It’s important to keep in mind that these numbers can vary over time due to different factors.
Where to find help for gambling in the UK:
If you or someone you know is struggling with gambling addiction, there are places you can turn to for help.
Please head to the NHS website here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/addiction-support/gambling-addiction/ for help with gambling addictions.
GamCare is a great UK-based organisation that provides support, advice, and counseling for gambling-related issues. They have a helpline you can call at 0808 8020 133, and they also offer online chat and forums for additional support.