Do you have a gambling addiction?

If you answer yes to some of the following questions you may have a gambling addiction.

  • Do you take time off work to gamble?
  • Are you in debt?
  • Are you living in fear of debt collectors knocking on your door?
  • Do you spend more time gambling than doing other things?
  • Do you prioritise gambling over your family/friends/work/hobbies?
  • Do you spend periods of time away from home so that you can gamble?
  • Do you lie to others about your financial situation?
  • Do you lie about visiting betting shops or placing bets online?
  • Do you borrow money to gamble?
  • Have you stolen money to gamble?
  • Are you spending an increasing amount of time gambling?
  • Do you think about gambling a lot?
  • If you lose a bet do you carry on gambling?
  • Does gambling affect your personality? Do you become agitated or aggressive if you lose, for example?
  • Do your loved ones ask you questions about where you have been or if you have been gambling?
  • Do your loved ones check your pockets or look at your bank statements?
  • Have your loved ones spoken to you about gambling? Have they stopped trusting you with money?

If you answer yes to more than six of these questions, it is likely that you have a gambling addiction. If you want help talk to your GP, or contact agencies include Gamblers Anonymous and GamCare.