Gambling involves making a wager on an event, with the intention of winning something of value. Often this is money, but it can also be other possessions such as jewellery, watches or property.
People who gamble can have a problem with it and may be at risk of harming their health, relationships, financial situation and performance in work and study. It can also lead to legal problems and homelessness.
Types of gambling include: – Casino games such as roulette, slots, and poker – ‘Fantasy’ sports leagues are growing in popularity, where the gambler selects a team of players that they think will win a game. ‘Esports’ are another popular form of gambling that uses online computer gaming to compete with others for a prize.
It is important to realise that there are risks in all forms of gambling and that there are ways of avoiding the damage it can cause. Firstly, try to plan a budget for your gambling activities and ensure you have sufficient funds to play.
Secondly, try to postpone your gambling and give yourself time. This allows you to consider what will happen if you give into the urge and how much it will cost you and your family.
Thirdly, strengthen your support network and attend a self-help group that is based on peer support. The group can be helpful in helping you to understand your addiction and the reasons behind it.
Gambling can be a serious problem, so it is best to seek help as soon as possible. It can have a huge impact on your life and those around you, so speak to one of our counsellors now.