What are the red flag behaviours of gambling?
Act restless and irritable when not gambling
- Have an attitude that no win is ever big enough
- Lie about losses and exaggerate wins
- “Chase” their losses.
- Bet until their last Pound is gone.
- Get in worse and worse financial and emotional trouble over time.
If you’re worried about your gambling, there are things you can do to get support. You might want to:
- limit how much you gamble
- talk to someone about your gambling problem
- get help to deal with debt
- Check if you can get a refund if you’ve borrowed money
- complain if you were allowed to gamble after you self-excluded
- get support if you’re finding things difficult
- Try GAMSTOP
What are the phases of gambling addiction?
- Winning phase. The winning phase often starts with a big win, leading to excitement and a positive view of gambling. …
- Losing phase. Problem gamblers become more and more preoccupied with gambling. …
- Desperation phase. …
- Hopeless phase.
Are you having problems with gambling?
Try this questionnaire:
- Do you bet more than you can afford to lose?
- Do you need to gamble with more significant money to get the same feeling?
- Have you tried to win back money you have lost (chasing losses)?
- Have you borrowed money or sold anything to get money to gamble?
- Have you wondered whether you have a problem with gambling?
- Has your gambling caused you any health problems, including stress or anxiety?
- Have other people criticised your betting or told you that you had a problem with gambling (regardless of whether or not you thought it was true)?
- Has your gambling caused any financial problems for you or your household?
- Have you ever felt guilty about how you gamble or what happens when you gamble?
Score 0 for each time you answer “never”
Score 1 for each time you answer “sometimes”
Score 2 for each time you answer “most of the time”
Score 3 for each time you answer “almost always”
If your total score is 8 or higher, your gambling might be causing problems for you or those closest to you.
You can also If you are concerned about someone else’s gambling, seek assistance.