Whilst the majority of our supporters gamble within
their means, for some it can be more difficult.
Our intention is to present supporters with opportunities to
enjoy the chance of winning prizes, while raising money to support
our charitable work, which do not encourage problem gambling and
are set within sensible spending limits.
The following information is in place to help you to gamble
- • You’re buying fun, not investing your money.
- • Set strict limits on how much time and money you’re willing
- • Quit while you’re ahead.
- • Only gamble with money you can afford to lose.
- • Don’t spend more money in the hope of winning back what you
- • Keep up other interests and hobbies – don’t let gambling take
over your life.
- • Don’t gamble in order to escape from stress or boredom.
- • Gambling in moderation is okay.
When 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 been criticised for your gambling?
- • Have you lied to cover up the financial amount or the time
you have spent gambling?
- • Do arguments, stressful situations 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
- • Have you lost interest in your family, friends or pastimes
due to gambling?
- • If you lose, do you feel you must try to win back your losses
as soon as possible?
- • When you run out of money while gambling, do you feel lost
and in despair, and feel the need to gamble again as soon as
- • 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?
- • Does your gambling ever make you feel depressed or even
If you feel you are answering ‘yes’ to the majority of the
questions above, then it is likely a gambling problem exists.
Sometimes just telling someone about your concerns can be a relief
and the first step toward dealing with your problem.
For friendly and helpful advice and support you can call The
National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133 or visit begambleaware.org.