This week Cheltenham will be buzzing with race goers all hoping to win some money and have a good time during the racing festival, but for some the races might not be the happiest of times.
For those struggling with addiction the races can be a haunting place. Pubs are stocked with as many pints of Guinness as you can drink, whilst betting shops will offer you a bet from whether there will be a drop of rain to the favourite winning at 3.30pm.
Gambling can cause both you and your loved ones emotional, financial, or psychological damage and being at the heart of jump racing can trigger gambling addicts.
The thrill of betting is normal, but sometimes that thrill can be taken too far and cause someone to develop an addiction and hinder their mental health.
A few ways you can spot gambling addiction in someone you love:
- They’re constantly thinking about gambling
- Restlessness or irritability when you try to stop gambling
- Borrowing money or stealing in order to keep funding their habit
- Chasing losses in attempts to recoup your money
If you personally are struggling with gambling addiction then there lots of places to turn to and don’t feel like you need to suffer in silence.
GamCare is the leading national provider for free gambling help. They also have a free phone in service on 0808 8020 133.