Problem Gambling

Gambling involves betting money or other values on the outcome of a game involving chance with an element of risk, in the hope of winning something else of value. It can involve anything from scratch cards and fruit machines to online casinos and live betting on sports events. People who work in casinos, arcades and betting shops can be more likely to develop a gambling habit.

Many people gamble for a variety of reasons, from chasing past losses to coping with boredom. Some people also use gambling as a way to relieve unpleasant feelings such as stress, anxiety or depression. Gambling may also be used as a way to socialize with friends. Often, problem gambling is a symptom of underlying mood disorders, and it can be made worse by other factors such as alcohol or drug misuse.

Regardless of the motivation, gambling can lead to serious problems, including debt and bankruptcy. It can also lead to a range of other harms, including poor health and relationships, addiction, and criminal activity. ‘Problem gambling’ is defined as any type of gambling that causes harm, and there are steps you can take to get help.

If you are concerned about your own gambling, or the gambling of someone you know, take our self-assessment questionnaire. It can help you identify if your behaviour is concerning and whether you might need some support. You can also get more information and advice from the West Midlands Gambling Harms Clinic.

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