Help For Gambling Addictions


Gambling involves placing a wager on an event with the potential to win something of value. This can include putting money on the outcome of a sporting event or game, playing cards or other table games, or betting on the result of a race. There are many reasons people gamble, including a desire to try to change their mood, the chance of winning big money, and the social aspect of gambling with friends. However, if gambling becomes problematic, it can cause serious health problems and financial debt. If you or someone you know has a problem with gambling, it is important to get help. You can find information and support here.

Gambling companies are cleverly designed to make money for themselves. You can help limit this by choosing a fixed amount of money to play with and refusing to go back for more. You can also help yourself by avoiding places where you can gamble, limiting the time you spend gambling and by avoiding online gambling sites.

In the UK, most gambling is done at casinos, but it can also be done in pubs, bookmakers, online and via mobile apps. People bet on sports events like football matches or horse races, and on card games like poker, blackjack and roulette. There are also lottery and bingo games. Some governments regulate gambling and collect revenue from it, which is used to fund local services.

Whether you are in a casino or at home, gambling can be addictive. It can affect your mood, appetite and sleep, and it can increase your risk of depression and anxiety. It can also lead to financial difficulties, as people often borrow to finance their gambling or spend more than they can afford to lose. Gambling can also trigger suicidal thoughts in some people, so if you are having these, please call 999 or visit A&E immediately.

The reason gambling is so addictive is that it triggers a release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that causes you to feel excited. This is why some people find it hard to stop gambling, even when they are losing. There are many things you can do to help yourself, such as joining a support group for people with gambling addictions, using self-help tips, or getting professional treatment. You can also talk to a friend or family member, and find out about local support groups for gambling addicts.

You can also find help and support by using this website or phone services such as the National Debtline. This service is free and confidential, and can offer you advice on your debts and options for dealing with them.