Gambling Problems

People don’t start out as problem gamblers. It starts as a
fun activity, but somewhere along the way it begins to cause
problems. If you think there’s a problem, the chances are there
is one. That’s why you should know and look out for these
warning signs:

• a significant interest in gambling and gambling related activities
• problems in school, such as a loss of interest or unexplained absences
• changes in personality or behaviour
• changes in relationships (new friends and acquaintances whilst ignoring old friends)
• changes in mood
• explosive bouts of anger
• displays of anxiety and stress
• spending more time and/or money gambling than intended
• wanting to stop gambling or betting but thinking it’s too hard
• telling lies about winnings
• having arguments with family or friends
• returning to win back money or possessions that you’ve already lost
• feeling bad about gambling
• regularly missing or being late for school or work
• being criticised for gambling or identified by others as someone with a problem
• borrowing money from people and not being able to pay them back because it’s been lost to gambling

If you feel gambling is becoming a problem in your life or someone you know, you can come and speak to one of our advisers or seek support through the organisations below.

External support agencies

If you experience financial difficulties, or have any questions, then we would always advise students to contact us as soon as possible. Our experienced advisers can help you to understand your rights, and explore all your options with you.


Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to do the same.


HomeGamCare provides support, information and advice to anyone suffering through a gambling problem.