The majority of people do gamble responsibly. For some, however, gambling can become a problem. If you are concerned about the amount you are gambling (or you are concerned for a friend or relative) then the following questions may help give you some guidance.
Have you lied to cover up the amount you have gambled or the time you have spent doing it?
Do arguments, frustrations or disappointments make you want to gamble?
Do you gamble alone for long periods?
Do you stay away from work or college to gamble?
Do you gamble to escape from a boring or unhappy life?
Are you reluctant to spend 'gambling money' on anything else?
Have you lost interest in your family, friends or pastimes due to gambling?
After losing, do you feel you must try to win back your losses as soon as possible?
When gambling and you run out of money, do you feel lost and in despair, and need to gamble again as soon as possible?
Do you gamble until your last penny is gone?
Have you lied, stolen or borrowed just to get money to gamble or to pay gambling debts?
Do you feel depressed or even suicidal because of your gambling?
If you are answering 'yes' to some of these questions, then it is likely that a gambling problem exists. For friendly and helpful advice from trained counsellors call the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133. The helpline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can also visit the GambleAware website begambleaware.org for more information and advice.
Sometimes just telling someone about your problem can be a relief and it is the first step towards dealing with your problem.