There are many reasons to gamble – some people enjoy the adrenaline rush of winning money, while others do it for social reasons or to escape from everyday worries and stress. But gambling can become a problem when it becomes out of control and causes harm to a person’s life. This can include harming relationships, affecting work or study, causing financial problems or leaving them homeless. The good news is that there are services that can help with support, treatment and advice.
There is a link between mental health and harmful gambling, so if you are worried about your own mental health or think someone you know may have a problem, there are things you can do. You can get help from family, friends, local support groups and self-help tips.
It can be difficult to deal with a loved one who is addicted to gambling. You may feel frustrated, angry and resentful. But try to remember that your loved one is not trying to deceive you – they simply do not understand how gambling works and how it can become addictive.
It is also important to remember that gambling is not a lucrative way to make money. It is important to set limits and only gamble with money you are willing to lose. Do not borrow money to gamble, and never try to win your losses back (this is called chasing your losses). Avoid gambling when you are upset or stressed.