Knowing if you have a gambling problem
I don’t think many people would argue that there is a definite rush to winning a bet.
Unfortunately not many can will argue that some people can develop a dependency on recieving that rush.
With things like in play betting making the feedback loop of placing a bet and potentially feeling the rush of winning the problem is only exacerbated.
In this article I want to cover when you may know if you have a gambling problem and where you can seek help.
Listen to people talking about Gambling Problems
If a friend or relative ever mentions how much you are gambling do not brush it off. Share with them amounts you play and when you play. If you can genuinely show their concern is unwarranted then perfect. If once you have talked over amounts and frequency they still think that is a lot it may be time to seek help.
Whichever outcome be sure to thank the person, they were thinking of your wellbeing.
A Gambling Problem Test
In the age of the Internet everyone can be part of a community of their choosing, this is amazing but one potential issue is that you can surround yourself with friends and peers who would never think any amount of gambling is excessive.
This means if you are waiting on others pointing out potential problems you could be waiting a while!
I would recommend taking this test if you feel unsure about your gambling – It asks you questions around your patterns and behaviours when it comes to gambling.
Getting Help if you think you have a Gambling Problem
Luckily there are a lot of resources out there for getting help. We recommend GambleAware.co.uk – these are the folks that made that test I linked to earlier and have plenty of great resources like this staying in control checklist.
Self-Exclusion if you have a Gambling Problem
If you think it merits it, all British gambling providers need to allow you to self-exclude yourself. You can do this by contacting your offline or online bookies and asking them more about it.