- Gambling is addictive so it can easily get out of hand. It can harm you in many ways – it can lead to ill health, emotional and psychological distress, financial harm, poor performance at work or study, relationship problems and crime.
- Because gambling is an addictive behaviour, it’s really hard to stop on your own. Get help before things get worse for you and your family. Don’t wait and think it will get better because it’s very unlikely to do so without help.
- Losing face and not wanting to admit to gambling addiction is a common problem. It's important that you seek help with a trained counsellor before it gets out of hand.
- Often people who gamble are also affected by other mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, so you may need help with these too.
- Gambling also hurts other people close to you. Every gambler affects between 5 and 10 other people. If you live with someone who gambles, it’s important that you also get help and support for yourself.
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(BBC News, UK, 2016)