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Problem gambling

Problem gambling is gambling that is done excessively and negatively affects other areas of a person's life, such as their physical or mental health, work performance, finances, and/or interpersonal relationships.

People with gambling problems often bet with money they can't afford to lose, max out their credit cards, borrow money in order to gamble, and do other things that compromise their personal values. Despite these negative consequences, they may deny that they have a problem, continue to chase losses, neglect family, friends, work, and even their own self-care (they may not eat or sleep properly, for example, or care about their physical appearance). Problem gambling can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race or social status.

Internationally Gambling Therapy has a wealth of skills and experience in helping those affected by compulsive gambling or affected by a loved one's compulsive gambling. While in the UK , Gamcare is the leading national authority on the provision of advice, practical help, support and counselling in addressing the social impact of gambling. Both websites can be accessed by clicking on the relevant icons on the right hand side on this page.

What is problem gambling?

"Problem gambling is gambling to a degree that compromises, disrupts or damages family, personal or recreational pursuits" (Lesieur and Rosenthal, 1991)   

 Where to seek help