Helping to combat Problem Gambling
Whilst the majority of people do gamble within their means, for some gambling can become a problem.
It may help you to keep control to remember the following:
- Gambling should be entertaining and not seen as a way of making money.
- Avoid chasing losses.
- Only gamble what you can afford to lose.
- Keep track of the time and amount you spend gambling.
If you are concerned that gambling may have taken over your (or someone else's life) then the following questions may help you find out:
- Do you stay away from work, college or school to gamble?
- Do you gamble to escape from a boring or unhappy life?
- When gambling and you run out of money, do you feel lost and in despair and need to gamble again as soon as possible?
- Do you gamble until your last penny is gone, even the fare home or the cost of a cup of tea?
- Have you ever lied to cover up the amount of money or time you have spent gambling?
- Have others ever criticised your gambling?
- Have you lost interest in your family, friends or hobbies?
- After losing, do you feel you must try and win back your losses as soon as possible?
- Do arguments, frustrations or disappointments make you want to gamble?
- Do you feel depressed or even suicidal because of your gambling?
The more you answer 'yes' to the above questions, the more likely you are to have a serious gambling problem.
If you are concerned that you may have a gambling problem please contact;
- Gamble Aware, a registered charity that provides confidential telephone support and counselling to anyone affected by problem gambling. (Freephone 0808 8020 133, www.gamblingaware.co.uk)
- The Responsible Gambling Trust (www.responsiblegamblingtrust.org.uk)
If you want to have a break from gambling through the Compton Care Lottery you can opt to self-exclude yourself by;
- Calling us on 0300 323 0250 or by using our contact form. When contacting us, please have your membership details to hand.
- We will then close your membership(s) for a minimum period of 6 months, during which time it will not be possible for the account(s) to be re-opened for any reason