Gambling can be a problem on many levels.
First you must understand that it is possible to lose some or all of the money deposited and wagered at online gambling sites. For this reason never deposit or stake more money at an online betting site than you can afford to lose. More than that, you are advised to gamble with money that you are comfortable to lose. You must also understand that there are no magic systems in gambling that guarantee your win, nor are there any experts that can guarantee a profitable gambling.
Betting on sports and online sports betting can lead to just as big problems as casino games, slots and any other forms of gambling. With online bookmakers you can still lose your hard earned real money in just a few clicks with your mouse. Therefore it is crucial to always carefully consider what you do.
We advise you to decide on your gambling budget on a per month basis and then stick with it no matter what happens. If you fail to respect your pre-set rules that is a clear sign of going the wrong direction and you should honestly think about your situation.
Gambling can become an addiction. If you find yourself dedicating inapropriately large amounts of time or money to betting, you should once again honestly think about your situation.
Another warning sign is when you neglect other areas of your life such as your loved ones, your work or personal hygiene in favour of betting. Also you know there is a problem when your mind is constantly wandering to your betting throughout the day.
Family feedback can also greatly help realizing the issue.
Once you realize there is a problem, and you can’t control it on your own, your best bet is to immediately seek help from your family and local organizations who can provide you professional assistance.
Gambling Therapy is a free online service that provides practical advice and emotional support by a helpline and a support group to people who reside outside Great Britain. In the United Kingdom you can find a local Gamblers Anonymous meeting or find advice from like-minded individuals at the forums online. GambleAware also provides counselling and support for free just like GamCare does. GamAnon.org.uk organizes online and local meetings across the UK and Ireland.
For even more information on problem gambling you can start your research at the UK Gambling Commission’s website.