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Help and advice for those struggling with gambling issues

Responsible Gambling

At CFP, we take our responsibility to problem gambling extremely seriously. Raffles and lotteries are both great ways of raising vital funds for good causes, but this should not come at the expense of someone struggling with a gambling problem.

That said, the majority of people do gamble responsibly. Gambling in moderation is fine, but it may help you to keep your spending under control by remembering the following:

  • buy for fun, not an investment
  • set strict limits on how much time and money you’re going to spend
  • quit while you’re ahead
  • only gamble with money you can afford to lose
  • don’t spend more money on gambling with the hope to win back money that you have lost
  • keep up other interests and hobbies – don’t let gambling take over your life
  • don’t gamble in order to escape from stress or boredom

If, despite this advice, you feel that gambling has become a problem for you or a relative / friend, ask whether you or your loved one:

  • have ever been criticised for gambling
  • have ever lied to cover up the amount spent in time or money on gambling?
  • are encouraged to gamble as a result of arguments, frustrations or disappointments
  • gamble alone for long periods
  • stay away from work or college to gamble
  • gamble to escape from a boring or unhappy life
  • are reluctant to spend ‘gambling money’ on anything else
  • have you lost interest in family, friends or pastimes due to gambling
  • try to win back any losses as soon as possible
  • feel lost and in despair, and a need to gamble again as soon as possible, when ‘gambling money’ runs out
  • gamble until the last penny is gone
  • have ever lied, stolen or borrowed just to get money to gamble or to pay gambling debts
  • feel depressed or even suicidal because of gambling

If you feel you answering more of the above questions with a ‘yes’, then it is likely a gambling problem exists.

For friendly and helpful advice from trained counsellors call the GamCare helpline on 0808 8020 133. The helpline is open 8am-midnight, 7 days a week.

Sometimes just telling someone about your problem can be a relief and it is the first step towards dealing with your problem. You can also visit the GambleAware website for more information and advice.

Gambling regulations

It’s also important for us to be aware of all the latest changes in gambling regulations, and our knowledge of this constantly evolving industry is one of many reasons people choose CFP to co-ordinate their fundraising raffles and lotteries – we keep up with the rules so you don’t have to.

But just in case you wanted to get an idea of the regulations surrounding raffles and lotteries, here is a list of useful links:

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