Is gambling becoming a problem?
If your gambling spend starts to get out of control, it can have an impact on your health and relationships as well as your finances.
If you're worried that you're spending too much on gambling, there are steps you can take to help yourself.
- Pay your important bills as soon as possible after pay day, so you're less likely to gamble that money.
- Think about planning other things to do at times when you might be tempted to gamble.
- If you have a Santander Mastercard, you can block gambling transactions in the mobile banking app. In the app, go to the 'more' menu, select 'cards' and then 'freeze and manage card' to block gambling transactions.
- Don't bottle up your concerns: talk to someone - a friend, a close family member, a colleague at work or a professional.
GamCare operates the National Gambling Helpline, providing confidential information, advice and support for anyone worried about gambling across England, Scotland and Wales. Call freephone 0808 8020 133 or use web chat at www.gamcare.org.uk, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Their advisers will listen to you and talk you through the options available to you using your preferred method of contact: face-to-face, online or over the phone.
If you're having financial difficulties we can help
Block gambling transactions
Use the mobile app to put a block on payments to gambling operators
Independent and confidential help with gambling