Helpful resources to understand and manage social gambling and identify how and when problem gambling might occur.
For the majority of people, responsible gambling is a fun, enjoyable and social pastime. For some people though gambling can sometimes become an addiction with far-reaching consequences that can affect their personal life, their family life, their professional life and their health.
If you believe you may have a problem with gambling then you should know that there are tools and services available to help manage and overcome and problems.
If you need help then please do take advantage of the tools and services listed below.
Help Services & Tools
Addiction Support Services:
GameAnon – http://gamanon.org.uk/
Gamblers Anonymous – https://www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk/
Dunlewey Addiction Services – https://dunlewey.net/gambling/
Gambling Therapy – https://www.gamblingtherapy.org/en
General Advice Services:
Money Advice Service – https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en
Debt Advice Foundation – http://www.debtadvicefoundation.org/
National Debt Line – https://www.nationaldebtline.org/
The Samaritans – https://www.samaritans.org/
Gambling Help Tools:
GamStop – https://www.gamstop.co.uk/ (Self Exclusion)
Gamban – https://gamban.com/ (Software)
GamBlock – http://www.gamblock.com/ (Software)
Bet Filter – http://www.betfilter.com/ (Software)
Spot The Signs
Any person having problems with responsible gambling, and/or finances in general, will most likely display one of a number of warning signs at various points.
Knowing when to spot and act on these signs, both personally and when seen in other people, can greatly help with the chances of avoiding gambling addiction.
If you or anybody else show any of the signs detailed below, then please look further into what you can do (next section), self-help tools or speak to one of the help services at the top of this page.
- Excessive betting/gaming websites and apps on devices
- Obsessed with gambling and constantly talking about betting
- Ever increasing stakes to get the same enjoyment
- Gambling until every penny has gone, not knowing when to stop
- Unable to stop gambling or know when to stop
- Change of routine, missing family, work, college, university
- Loss of interest in hobbies, socialising, sport
- Change in personality, irritable, argumentative
- Using betting as an escape from everyday life
- Chasing losses more and more to recoup lost money
- Hiding betting from friends and family
- Borrowing money from friends, family, banks, loan companies
- Selling personal items to get more money for gambling
- Lying about betting and money in general
- Sudden changes in money situation, one day rich, next day poor
- Feeling anxious, depressed or having suicidal thoughts
- Unable to stop gambling through own choice
Most bookmakers, casinos and gaming providers give the user a number of tools to allow them to manage their spending and time in a responsible way. The list below details some of these tools and how they can help you manage your account.
Please check with your individual account provider to see which tools are available.
- Deposit Limits – limit total deposit amounts in a certain period
- Loss Limits – limit total amount of losses in a certain period
- Session Timer/Reality Check – receive notifications after certain total time periods
- Cooling Off Period/Time Out (Short Break / Suspended Account)
- Self-Exclusion (Longer Break / Suspended Account)
- Account Closure – Permanent closure of customer account
All of these self-help tools can assist the user in practising responsible gambling as part of a mixed and balanced social life.
What Can I Do?
Before things become a problem there are a number of things you can do, steps you can take, to make betting and gambling both enjoyable and safe.
The list below details some quick and easy steps that will help you in managing your betting more effectively.
- Review your account and betting history regularly to know how you stand
- Bet within your means, bet what you can afford to lose NOT to earn an income
- Calculate and budget what to spend before you start
- View betting and responsible gambling as entertainment only, not as a reliable income
- Know your limits of both time and money before playing
- Know when to spot a problem and what to do
- Take a break as and when required, take regular breaks at set intervals
- Don’t gamble when upset, depressed, tired, emotional, drunk, this doesn’t help
- Don’t chase losses by betting higher and higher stakes
- Monitor how long you play for and make sure it fits in with other social activities
- Balance responsible gambling with other social activities like socialising, sport, family, fitness
- Understand how gambling works, the chances of winning and how many people win/lose
- Know that if you need help then there a plenty of people you can talk to. Family, friends, betting companies, independent bodies, support organisations are all available to help at any time.
Protecting children from harm should always be a priority and when it comes to betting and gambling things are no different. Bookmakers and betting companies do what they can to spot and stop underage gambling, there are also a number of steps that can be taken to minimise the risk.
- Don’t share or make public your login details
- Don’t save passwords on devices that children might use
- Always logout of sites and apps when possible
- Use tools available online to restrict access to certain sites
- Talk to children about gambling and the harm it can cause
- Be aware of the time your child spends online and sites they visit
- Use tools available on devices to protect vulnerable users
- All sites should verify age and suspend suspected accounts
Things To Remember
You Are In Control
There are actions to be taken and tools to use that can help you take part in and enjoy betting and responsible gambling.
Tools & Software
Online tools and apps are more and more widely available and can be used to help you limit or stop any problem gambling.
Help Is Available
If things do happen to go too far then there are services available to discuss any problem and put steps in place to mitigate any loss.
Talk To People
Friends, family, colleagues or helplines are all ready and willing to help with any issues you may have. Don't stay silent.
If you need any help or assistance, have any questions, please use the contact form below to get in touch.