Do You Have A Gambling Problem?
The signs of gambling problems are not always immediately obvious, but if you’re able to identify multiple issues from the list below it could be time to consider seeking help or advice:
Persistently talking about, or thinking about gambling
Spending more time gambling than you can realistically spare
Spending money money gambling than you can comfortably afford
Finding difficulty controlling, stopping, or reducing your gambling activities, or feeling irritable when trying to do so
Feeling empty or lost when not gambling
Gambling in an attempt to get yourself out of financial trouble or feeling that your gambling will be under control after that ‘big win’
Borrowing money to facilitate your gambling activities
Rising debts and unpaid bills because your money has been bet or gambled
Gambling your last €5 or £10 to ‘make a little extra until payday’
Increasing your gambling amounts in order to experience the thrill and excitement
Strong emotions when losing money through gambling.
Gambling as a way to escape feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, or upset
Feeling guilty when gambling
(Increased) criticism or arguments about your gambling from friends and family
Hiding financial affairs from your partner or family members
Neglecting family, friends, self and responsibilities in favour of gambling opportunities
Planning ‘time off’ work or other commitments to accommodate gambling opportunities.