Helping You Stay in Control
Whilst the majority of people do gamble safely and responsibly, for some, gambling can become a problem. When gambling, always remember the following
- Gambling should be entertaining and fun and not seen as a way of making money
- Only gamble what you can afford to lose
- Avoid chasing losses
- Keep track of the time and amount you spend gambling
If you are concerned about your gambling, then honestly answering the questions below may give you an idea of whether your gambling is problematic:
- Do you stay away from work, college or school to gamble?
- Do you gamble to escape from a boring or unhappy life?
- When gambling and you run out of money, do you feel lost and in despair and need to gamble again as soon as possible?
- Do you gamble until your last penny is gone, even the fare home or the cost of a cup of tea?
- Have you ever lied to cover up the amount of money or time you have spent gambling?
- Have others ever criticised your gambling?
- Have you lost interest in your family, friends or hobbies?
- Do arguments, frustrations or disappointments make you want to gamble?
- Do you feel depressed or even suicidal because of your gambling?
The more you answer 'yes' to these questions, the more likely you are to develop a gambling problem.
If you are concerned about your gambling, why not take an independent and anonymous survey to help you understand more? You can complete the Cambridge Health Alliance’s BBGS e-Screener.
This page was last reviewed and updated: February 2020