If you are concerned that gambling may have taken over your (or someone else's) life then the following questions may help you find out:

    • Do you stay away from work, college or school to gamble?
    • Do you gamble to escape from a boring or unhappy life?
    • When gambling and you run out of money, do you feel lost and in despair and need to gamble again as soon as possible?
    • Do you gamble until your last penny is gone, even the fare home or the cost of a cup of tea?
    • Have you ever lied to cover up the amount of money or time you have spent gambling?
    • Have others ever criticised your gambling?
    • Have you lost interest in your family, friends or hobbies?

    • After losing, do you feel you must try and win back your losses as soon as possible?
    • Do arguments, frustrations or disappointments make you want to gamble?
    • Do you feel depressed or even suicidal because of your gambling?

The more you answer 'yes' to these questions, the more likely you are to have a serious gambling problem. To speak to someone about this contact the GamCare confidential helpline on 0808 8020 133 or visit their website www.gamcare.org.uk for further information.