|Spotting a problem|
If someone close to you is experiencing problems with gambling, we can help you with free information, advice and support.
Today, gambling is everywhere. It's heavily promoted and widely accepted across all age groups. This means more people are exposed to it than ever before.
People gamble for many reasons – for excitement, for the thrill of winning, or to be social. It can often be hard to tell when it stops being fun and starts becoming a problem.
Gambling becomes a problem when it harms:
How does excessive gambling start?
Gambling can be an escape for people who've experienced a stressful change in life, like illness or divorce, or who want to forget about life's worries, such as relationship issues or money troubles. Others may start playing the slot machines because they're lonely and crave company.
When people turn to gambling at vulnerable times in their lives, and it becomes a way for them to cope, it can lead to excessive gambling.
Young people aged under 18 and people who've grown up in a home with a parent or grandparent with gambling issues have a higher risk than others of developing a gambling problem.
Even though there are no drugs or substances involved in gambling, excessive gambling has a similar effect on the brain as drug and alcohol addictions.
For more information about how excessive gambling can start and why it's hard to stop, see Why do I gamble?
How do you know if someone has a problem with gambling?
For more information, please contact:
Wynford Ellis Owen
Living Room Cardiff
58 Richmond Road, Cardiff CF24 3AT
Telephone: 029 2030 2101