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    My friend who is a gambling addict has self-excluded from an arcade.  (It seems that he has to renew this once a year.) 

     I have heard about GamStop for blocking online gambling sites.  What experience do people have of these or other barriers?



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    Hi Chriscross

    Gamstop is a new UK initiative launched mid way 2018. If your friend is based in the UK then its definitely a good idea

    Kind Regards



    Well done starting your thread Chris

    I will come back to you asap



    My son has banned himself from betting establishments that he frequented but his downfall is slot
    Machines and they’re everywhere pubs restaurants he says he doesn’t need to do this when he’s with others it’s someth he does alone it’s a very lonely Life he doesn’t feel he needs more counselling but reading so many posts you cannot do this on your own you need help

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