Losing track of the world around you when you gamble?
When playing online gambling games, it's easy to lose track of time and money and get lost in the game.
Check out our advice and support to stay in control of your gambling.
Advice for keeping your gambling under control
Set a money limit in advance and stick to it
Think of gambling as an entertainment expense and only gamble with the money you can afford to lose.See more 2
Set a time limit
Odds are that the more time you spend gambling, the more money you will lose.See more 3
Take frequent breaks
It's easy to lose track of time when you're gambling. And gambling continuously can cause you to lose track of perspective.See more 4
Talk to someone
Talking about gambling can be difficult, but there are easy ways to start a conversation.See more
What are the signs to look out for?
Losing track of time while gambling
It's easy to lose track of time when you're gambling. And gambling continuously can cause you to lose track of perspective. Odds are that the more time you spend gambling, the more money you will lose.Learn more
Losing track of money while gambling
The venue, bookie or app is using gambling to make money; it's not designed to work the other way around. Over time you will give away more money than you receive. Think of gambling as an entertainment expense and only gamble with the money you can afford to lose.Learn more
Keeping your gambling a secret from others
It’s important to remember that gambling can have a negative effect on your life. Keeping your gambling a secret may lead to increased stress and anxiety.Learn more
Angellica Bell spoke with Tracy about her experience of gambling and how it affected her life.Watch Tracy's story
"At first I wouldn’t say anything because actually... it's not really my place to say, it's not my money. Then I thought I could help him, but I realise now that's not the case and I should have looked after myself first… I still sometimes have to remember to do that."Watch Danni's story
"I never talked about anything. I wish I had, just saying stuff out loud makes such a difference… I went to group meetings and the more I spoke about my story, the more open I was. And the more I was getting asked questions and getting more involved. It was that that helped me in my recovery."Watch Joanne's story
"I try and set myself limits to keep it under control. You can sit there and say you’re in control – but sometimes you’re not. Having a spend calculator is really helpful….it visually shows how much you’re spending. You can’t ignore it."Watch Mina's story