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
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: