Has gambling got a grip on you?

Let us help you get your gambling under control

Gambling is a relatively common activity that people do for fun, most of the UK adult population participate in some form of gambling (which includes the national lottery), and for most people, there are no (or limited) negative effects. However, some people do experience gambling related harm. This is described as a repeated pattern of gambling behavior where someone may

  • often spend over their limit
  • gamble to win back money
  • feel stressed about their gambling
  • feel like they have lost control
  • continue to gamble despite negative consequences

2023 estimates put the rate of harmful gambling among adults at 0.3% and low-risk gambling at 1.8%. And a recent study found that people who gamble at harmful levels are seven times more likely than the rest of the UK population to say they will gamble more in the next year as a result of the cost-of-living crisis.

Harmful effects

Gambling at harmful levels can have a negative impact on people's mental and physical wellbeing, their relationships and finances and on crime levels in our society. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, problem gamblers are more likely than others to suffer from low self-esteem, develop stress-related disorders, to become anxious, have poor sleep and appetite, to develop a substance misuse problem and to suffer from depression.

Support for you

Unfortunately, sometimes stigma or a sense of shame, can delay or prevent people accessing support, but if you are affected by gambling or know someone who needs help, there are a range of services in Surrey that provide support and treatment which you can find on the Healthy Surrey gambling web page.

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