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What is a gambling addiction?

It’s when the urges to gamble are so strong that you do it even though you know it’s going to damage your health and cause financial problems. Many people say they can’t stop gambling from the moment they get up to the moment they go to bed. Some are so ashamed of their gambling they hide it away from others. Often the financial stress of gambling is overwhelming and you’ve got yourself into so much debt that you feel the only way to get out of it is to continue to gamble. The most serious aspect of gambling is when you ‘chase your losses’. This is when you start losing and desperately try to win back your money by continuing to gamble, only to end up with more losses.

Who is most likely to be affected by gambling?

Gambling can affect anyone, at any age, whether you’ve got money or not. At GamCare, we speak to people who have virtually no money because of their gambling and find themselves on the street or facing a marriage break-up. We also have hig...

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