The UK casino sector has a long and established history for social responsibility, NCiF members voluntarily make a significant financial contribution to the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) funding research, education, treatment and the promotion of responsible gambling.
If you choose to gamble there are several things that you should know and do
- Gambling should be fun
- Set yourself a limit on how much you wish to bet and not go over it
- Set yourself a time limit and not go beyond it
- Never gamble when you are intoxicated
- Never chase your losses
Gambling should be a fun and enjoyable experience. For a small minority of people, gambling can become a problem
Here are some of the warning signs
- Have you put at risk important or significant relationships, educational studies, or job or your career because of gambling?
- Do you chase losses by continuing or quickly returning to gamble when on a losing streak?
- When you win do you have a strong desire to return and win more?
- Do you ever gamble until you have completely run out of money?
- Have you lied, stolen or borrowed to get money for gambling?
- Are you reluctant to spend gambling money on anything else?
- Do you ever gamble for longer than you had planned?
- Do you ever gamble to escape worry, trouble, disappointment or frustration?
- Do you feel depressed or suicidal because of your gambling?
- Are you in debt because of gambling?
- Have you ever sold your own or your family’s possesions to get money to gamble or to pay gambling debts?
If you have answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may have a problem.
If you find that your gambling is becoming a problem there are several options open to you.
- Voluntary self exclusion (VSE)
- Talk to GamCare
- Contact Gamblers anonymous
- Visit the Gambleaware website
- For on-line visit gamblock.com
For help or advice on problem gambling please contact:
Helpline 0808 8020 133
Provides information, advice and counselling to individuals who have concerns About problem gambling.
Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
A self-help fellowship of compulsive gamblers wanting to address their gambling problems. The sister organisation, GamAnon, runs groups for partners/families of compulsive gamblers. Groups are held weekly throughout the country.
The Gordon Moody Association
186 MacKenzie Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4SF
Tel: 020 8778 3331
A hostel providing accommodation, therapy and rehabilitation for compulsive gamblers.