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“The sure way of getting nothing from something” – Wilson Mizner

It seems that whenever you switch on the TV these days there are constant adverts for gambling. Gambling opportunities continue to grow and there are now numerous ways to gamble, such as lotteries, bingo, scratchcards, greyhounds, horse racing, fruit machines, and casinos. You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home any more. You can easily gamble online and even on your phone. And there are many reasons why we like to gamble.

  • Gambling can be seen as fun, entertaining and there is the chance of winning money and prizes. It is only natural to be excited when you are taking a risk and the anticipation of winning makes this even better.
  • Gambling can be a form of escapism as it takes you away from the monotony of day to day life.
  • Gambling is glamourised by the media and through the medium of advertising, and can be portrayed as stylish and fashionable.
  • Gambling is accepted as part of our culture and is seen as a sociable experience.

“Gambling can be great fun. But if you let it get out of control, it can take over your life.” – GamCare

Gambling is an activity that is easy to become absorbed in. There’s the temptation to attempt that first win over and over again or to re-invest your winnings on another gamble.

You may become addicted to the art of gambling, which may lead to a breakdown in relationships with both friends and family. It may jeopardise your education and have serious financial implications.

“In most betting shops you will see three windows marked 'Bet Here’, but only one with the legend 'Pay Out’” – Jeffrey Bernard.

What to remember when gambling

  • It is entertainment, not a form of making money
  • Set a spending limit before you begin
  • If you are winning, then quit before you lose
  • If you are losing, don’t expect a win
  • If you can’t afford to lose the money, then don’t gamble it
  • Gambling is an enjoyable form of entertainment in moderation.

“If you must play, decide upon three things at the start; the rules of the game, the stakes and the quitting time” – Chinese Proverb.

If you feel that your gambling may be taking over, or that you are affected by gambling-related harm, please liaise with a Student Money Adviser in the first instance.

We provide a confidential and non-judgemental service and can refer you to a Gambling Support Advice Service within South Wales, if you wish to proceed with accessing professionals support.

Please also feel free to contact services below: