1. ITV Report

Gambling addiction: sources of advice and support

According to the NHS there may be as many as 593,000 problem gamblers in the UK. The anticipation and thrill of gambling creates a natural high that can become addiction. The internet has made gambling more accessible, allowing people to take part from their own home.

Problem gamblers are more likely to suffer from:

  • low self-esteem
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression

Gambling addicts are also more likely to go to prison as a result of criminal acts such as theft and fraud. There is also a link between gambling and alcohol abuse.

There is evidence that gambling can be treated in a similar way to other addictions. Cognitive behavioural therapy is known to have good results.

Sources of support if you think you're addicted to gambling:

  • GamCare- runs the National Gambling Helpline 0808 8020 133 and provides face-to-face counselling.
  • Gamblers Anonymous - uses the same 12-step approach as Alcoholics Anonymous and also has a support group for relatives called Gam-Anon.