How to Cope With a Gambling Problem


Gambling is the wagering of something of value on an event with an uncertain outcome. It includes a wide range of activities including games like card games, fruit machines and video poker, betting on horse races or football accumulators, scratch cards and the lottery. It can also include speculating about business, insurance and stock market movements.

While many people gamble for fun and enjoyment, for some it can become a serious problem that has negative consequences on health, family, work or relationships, and leads to financial ruin, bankruptcy and even homelessness. In fact, Public Health England estimates that more than 400 suicides a year are linked to gambling problems.

It’s important to remember that all forms of gambling are inherently risky and there is always a chance that you will lose. You may feel a rush when you win, but your brain releases dopamine (the neurotransmitter that makes you feel excited) even when you lose, making it hard to stop.

Despite the risks, gambling is a popular pastime and it’s important to understand how gambling works to make responsible decisions. There are a number of organisations that offer help and support to people with gambling problems.

When coping with someone who has a gambling addiction, it’s important to strengthen your support network. If possible, reach out to friends and colleagues at work or school, join a sports team, book club, education class or volunteer for a charity. It’s also worth considering joining a peer support group, such as Gamblers Anonymous, which follows the 12-step model of Alcoholics Anonymous and can provide valuable insight and guidance.

By 14April2023
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