Gambling can be an enjoyable activity for many people, but it can also have negative effects on your health, relationships and performance at work or study. It can also get you into trouble with the law and leave you in serious debt or homeless.
Benefits of Gambling
There are many benefits to gambling, including entertainment and a social context that can help you meet new people. It can also teach you personal accountability and improve your relationships with others.
How can I cut down on or stop my gambling?
The first step is to think about the consequences of your gambling. If it is affecting your relationships, your mental health or your finances then it might be time to think about reducing the amount you gamble.
You can reduce the harms that gambling can cause by avoiding it, cutting down on the amount of money you spend or stopping altogether. You can also talk to a counsellor or a friend about it.
Self-Help for Gambling Problems
If you are worried about your own or someone else’s gambling then it is important to get support. There are support services, such as Gamblers Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, which can help you cut down or stop your gambling.
You can also get help through a local or national support network. These can include family, friends and work colleagues. They can help you to recognise if you have a gambling problem and give you advice.