Help at hand for problem gambling

For most of us, playing Internet bingo is a little bit of fun, but for some of us, it can become more than that. If you feel your gambling might be spiralling out of control when playing Internet Bingo, then there is help available in the form of a brilliant organisation called GamCare.

This highly trained team of advisers provide information, support and advice to you if you are suffering through a gambling problem. You can either live chat to an advisor, or call a telephone helpline and speak to somebody between 8 AM and 2 AM seven days a week. The number is 0845 6000 133.

Also at  GamCare is a very helpful forum where you can share support, advice and ideas with other people hoping to get back on top of their problem.

There are several different signs to look out for if you think that gambling might be becoming a problem. Are you betting more than you can afford? Are you being secretive about your habits? Are you spending cash that you have put aside for other areas? If you answer yes to any of these questions, it might be time to contact Gamcare before it gets further out of control.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

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