While many of us consider gambling a fun activity, it is important to recognise that it can be very addictive and can introduce various problems into our lives. If unmoderated, gambling can be a destructive activity, affecting not just us but also our loved ones.
It is, therefore, crucially important to recognise the warning signs of gambling addiction.
Gambling is only fun as long as it remains under control and does not impact others.
If you feel that you are experiencing one of the problems above, or if you think you may have issues controlling your gambling, then you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to take all the necessary steps to get it under control or stop altogether. There are various resources that are designed to help those affected, including GamCare. Another option is self-exclusion, the process being made even simpler through the GamStop scheme, which gives you the choice to self-exclude from websites operating in the UK.
GamCare is the leading UK charity tasked with providing information, advice and support to those suffering from gambling problems and addiction. The support provided ranges from phone, online, or face-to-face treatment to outreach programmes, with the website itself also providing a lively, community-driven forum, group chat, and various free resources and articles designed to help people manage gambling problems.
GamStop is a free online self-exclusion scheme, that allows those with gambling problems to self-exclude from gambling websites and apps run by companies licenced in Great Britain for 6 months, 1 year, or 5 years, by registering with the website. After this period has passed, you will have to ask GamStop to remove the block in order to be able to use those websites again.