Under 18? (or the gambling age in your jurisdiction?)
If you are under the legal gambling age in your jurisdiction but you have found a way to gamble anyway, you should immediately tell your parent or guardian. Legally the gambling methods you have used have a duty of care to protect you from it in the UK, and so, it is not your fault and you will not be blamed for it. Please show your parents or guardians this page.
Parents/Guardians: speak with your child and ensure they understand the ramifications of gambling and the impact it can have on anyone and their family at any stage of life. There are plenty of resources available on underage gambling online, both about the psychological effects it can have and the legal ramifications of it.
Playing Casino games can be fun, and everyone has a different way of playing. These ways range from low budget non damaging play that has no impact on the gamblers life, to full scale addiction that can lead to homelessness, hunger, thirst and death. We care about everyone who suffers from any kind of gambling addiction and want to do our part to ensure that we help.
Do you have a gambling problem?
It can hurt to be told you have a gambling problem, and equally you may not want anyone else to know and keep it a secret. Both of these ideas suck. If you feel you want to keep it a secret, you probably have a problem. More information can be found on GamCare UK They have information and advice for problem gamblers and relatives of them alike. The advice is geared towards the UK but the general messages are universal.
So you have a problem - now what?
You can, as above, visit GamCare
UK for anonymous impartial help, counselling and advice.
You can get various software titles for all platforms to stop access to gambling sites, and a search for such titles is linked here.
If you are UK based you can also
- Self-Exclude, take breaks and set limits (among other features) on certain casinos, though this varies.
- You can globally self exclude yourself from a voluntary (but huge) list of online casinos operating in the UK. GamStop, will soon be compulsory for all UK operating casinos. (but in our opinion already covers all the reputable casinos anyway!) If you are subscribed to GamStop you will be Self excluded from all subscribed UK casinos for the time period you choose. This is often the easiest way to stop gambling.
- If you go to bookmakers shops in the UK, you can also self exclude from an entire area of bookmakers shops by calling this number 0800 294 2060.
The road to recovery!
Do not feel ashamed about self excluding, your mental health and your wallet(or purse!) will thankyou! If you find yourself thinking about gambling, unable to shake it from your mind, you may find playing in the 'for fun' mode helps to scratch an itch, or you may find it makes it worse. You may also find that observing others - such as streamers - (both winning and losing) helps you to feel better. Especially when you can feel a portion of the excitement from the wins the experience, but also suffer none of the losses they endure.