“Problem Gambling is gambling to a degree that compromises, disrupts or damages family,
personal or recreational pursuits” National Centre for Social Research.
Research indicates that the rate of problem gambling in the UK population is 0.9% equating to around 451,000
adults aged 16 and over (British Gambling Prevalence Survey 2010).
Problematic Gambling is seen as an ‘invisible addiction’, unlike other forms of addiction there are no visible
signs e.g. physical deterioration. Many gamblers hide their gambling from family and friends.
If you have a problem with your gambling pattern, it may start or already be affecting your family life, relationships,
finances, work or emotional wellbeing.
Gambling behaviour exists on a continuum with extreme Pathological Gambling, presenting
major disruption to the individual and wider community end to Social Gambling, presenting no
problems.Gamblers can move in and out of problematic stages of gambling throughout their