What is Gambling?


Gambling is the process of risking money or something of value on a random event with the intent of winning something else of value. It requires three elements to be present: consideration, risk, and a prize.

How gambling works

The first step is to choose the game you want to bet on, and then you choose the amount you are willing to bet. This is matched to ‘odds’ that are set by the company who is running the game. The odds are the chances of winning a prize, and they can vary depending on the rules of the game.

You should always make sure that you can afford to lose what you have bet before you start playing. It’s important to set a limit on how much you can lose, and stop playing when you hit your limit.

If you think that you have a gambling problem, it’s important to get help as soon as possible. The sooner you get help, the more likely it is that you will have a successful recovery.

A gambling addiction can have a significant impact on your life, including family relationships, career, and credit. It can also have a negative effect on your mental health and well-being. If you think that you or someone you know has a gambling addiction, speak to one of our counsellors and get them to signpost you to the right support services.

Getting help is free and confidential, so contact our team today!

The Gambling Foundation offers a range of free support services to those that are concerned about gambling. They can help you work through the issues that have led to your gambling problems, and offer advice on how to get back on track.


Some people enjoy gambling as a way to relax and relieve stress. It can be a good way to unwind after a long day or after an argument with a loved one, but it can also cause problems if you lose too much money. Those who have an underlying mood disorder such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse may find that they develop a gambling addiction.

It’s a shame to lose a lot of money, but don’t give up – you just need to learn how to control your gambling. It’s important to make a plan before you go and create a budget for yourself that will cover your losses, and to stick to it.

Creating a budget is the best way to prevent a gambling addiction from developing. It’s a safe place to set limits on how much you can spend and how long you can gamble for, so that you can stop before it gets out of hand.

Addiction is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition, so it’s important to seek professional help as soon as you think that you have a problem. You can call our 24-hour helpline or visit your local Gambling Treatment Centre for more information on how to get the support you need.