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Affected Others

For every person who has a problem with gambling, it is estimated that another five to ten people are also negatively affected. A person’s gambling behaviour can have social, physical and financial implications for those who are close to them. It is common for partners, children, parents, workmates and friends of gamblers to feel the impact of someone’s problem gambling.

Can someone else’s gambling affect me?

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How do I know if someone has a gambling problem?

Gambling is heavily promoted and widely accepted around the world and more people are exposed to it today than ever before. People gamble for many reasons – for excitement, for the thrill of winning, or to be social. For some, though, gambling can also become an addictive or compulsive activity.

How can I help a problem gambler?

If someone close to you has a gambling problem, you can’t change their behaviour or force them to stop, but you can take time to support them. You can make it clear that their gambling is affecting others, that they need to get help, that there is support available, and that it works.

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Live support for affected others

As well as our one-to-one live support service, Gambling Therapy also runs specific groups for those affected by someone else's gambling. Try joining a friends & family group if you are a friend or family member of a gambler, a concerned friend or a colleague worried about someone's gambling. Groups are non-judgemental and confidential.

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