The majority of people who gamble do not have a problem with it, they see gambling as a form of recreation. However, sometimes what starts out as some fun can end up having a very negative impact on someone’s life.
In very simple terms, Gambling may be considered to be a problem in your life when it:
- Gets in the way of work, school or other activities
- Harms your mental or physical health
- Hurts you financially
- Damages your reputation
- Causes problems with your family or friends
However, it is important to remember that this list is not exhaustive nor should it be used to determine if you or someone else has a gambling issue.
If you are worried that you or someone you know has a gambling problem it is important to get help.
There is Gambling Addiction Helpline and Free Treatment Service operated by Cuan Mhuire Addiction Treatment Centre. This service is available Mon-Fri: 09:00 – 5:30 by calling 1800 753 753.
Problem Gambling Ireland also has a helpline for people to call. This is open 12:00 – 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. The landline number is 076 603 6838; they also have a WhatsApp number which is 089 452 8095. If you would like to speak to Problem Gambling Ireland during the week (Mon-Fri), please email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 089 241 5401 to arrange a call-back.
For more information, please see www.problemgabling.ie.
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have a Gambling Harm Reduction Strategy, which can be found alongside other strategy documents here.