Worried about someone else’s gambling?
Have a look at the list below to see if you identify with any of the warning signs.
If you think there is a problem, or if you’d like to talk through your concerns or get more information, please give us a call:
Youth Gambling Helpline on: 0800 654 659
Gambling Helpline on: 0800 654 655
Someone’s gambling might be a problem if the gambler:
- Is spending more money and time than intended on gambling
- Feels life is boring when they’re not gambling
- Finds their family and friends are becoming less important
- Sees gambling as a way to get out of debt
- Sees gambling as a way to cope or escape from stress
- Is constantly borrowing money to pay for ordinary expenses like lunch, petrol, or mobile phone credit
- Starts selling personal items to get money or taking other people’s property for the same reason
- Becomes secretive about money
- Becomes secretive about where they are and what they’re doing
- Suddenly starts avoiding certain people (they might owe them money)
- Has dipped into savings or abandoned savings plans
- Loses interest in social activities, refusing invitations they’d usually accept
Someone with a gambling problem might try to cover up by:
- Coming up with rational excuses to explain absences. These could include having to stay late at school, their car breaking down, not being able to call because they have no mobile phone credit, visiting friends, or studying with friends.
- Offering excuses or telling lies to explain how they’ve lost money. These might be things like having money stolen, losing their wallet, unexpected expenses, or the bank making a mistake.
- Hiding bank statements, saying the bank never sent them.
- Working overtime or getting a second job to cover debts.
If you can see that the person you’re worried about fits some of these criteria, it could be that they do have a problem with gambling.