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How can I control my gambling?

Gambling can be a lot of fun. However, it is best to set a limit for the time and amount of money you spend on gambling. Usually, that should be enough to keep the gambling it under control. In some cases, some additional measures should be taken.

If you spot any of the signs listed below, either for yourself or any person you know you should consider getting professional help. One of the organizations helping with overcoming gambling addiction is BeGambleAware - you can talk to them over the phone 0808 8020 133 or have a live chat with them on their website.

The signs to look out for are:

Spending more money and time that you can afford

Having issues with managing or stopping your gambling within set limits

Arguing with friends or family about gambling

Not wanting to do the things that used to be fun - hobbies, spending time with friends or family

Constantly thinking about gambling

Hiding gambling or lying about it to others

Trying to gamble your way out of financial problems

Gambling until there is no money left

Missing payments on utilities, selling goods, borrowing money to afford gambling

Needing to spend more and more money and time to get the same thrill from gambling

Postponing or neglecting all the personal or professional activities because of gambling.

Anxiety, worry, guilt, depression

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