The most common form of gambling is online poker, with an average of about £120 a day, according to a study by the British Gambling Council.
And, according to a gambling expert, about 10 per cent of the population loses more than this.
It’s estimated by Oxford University’s Centre for Gaming and Asset Management that as many as 300,000 UK households play video poker games a day, and that the average player loses at least £50 a hand.
But if you’re in the UK with a gambling problem and have friends or family in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland we can offer you help in finding a solution to your problem.
For support call 0808 800 008 for the NHS 111 number. Or please email us. Please leave your details, we can use information you provide to look up your problem in our database.
If you are a UK-based resident you can also give us your details by calling:
* 0300 123 1098
* 0808 800 008
What happens if I have a problem gambling addiction?
No matter what the reason, if you’re a betting addict, you need help.
You can use gambling withdrawal symptoms to assess whether your behaviour is a problem, or ask your GP to do your assessment if you’re concerned that your gambling is affecting your health or wellbeing.
As a help in finding help for gambling addiction it’s worth taking a moment to think about whether there are things you’re thinking about gambling that are also damaging your health. Are you worried about:
having an anxiety problem?
finding it hard to manage your illness, such as depression?
If this concerns you:
stop playing and discuss with your GP what you’re doing, taking and thinking about and think about your health and wellbeing, including what’s upsetting you.
ask them to talk to you about possible strategies to treat and manage the effects of gambling such as using a gambling guide or medication.
What can you expect if you’re a gambling addict and/or suffer from a gambling problem?
Gambling addiction is usually the result of:
a problem with betting and gambling behaviour
a loss of control of one or more gambling problems
an abnormal interest in gambling as a result of problems with:
alcohol, drugs or tobacco
a family history of gambling