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Hi - I am Sam

I want to reduce my gambling, rather than stopping.  Is anyone else in the same boat?  I can see most people want to stop completely.  

Posted : 20th September 2021 3:37 pm
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Morning Sam,

Welcome to the forum.

As you've observed, most of our forum members are aiming to stop gambling, so please be careful to post in a way that doesn't encourage gambling.  If you are aiming to reduce your gambling, common methods include setting deposit limits, allowing a trustworthy person in your life to supervise your spending on gambling, and  scheduling other activities (So that your gambling activity doesn't dominate your time or your mind).  

If you are considering to what extent your gambling may be problematic, you might ask yourself questions such as, 'Am I happy for people close to me, like my family and friends, to be aware of how much I am spending on gambling?'.  If you feel a need to keep your spending on gambling a secret, that may indicate that your gambling behaviour is problematic.  You might like to do this self-assessment exercise:

Some of our forum members have tried to limit their gambling and have found that in their experience, that it has benefited them more to make a clean break from gambling altogether.  If you would like to discuss your gambling 1-2-1 with an adviser, please call us on our freephone 0808 8020 133, or on our live chat.

Take care,


Posted : 21st September 2021 10:26 am

Sam, I met a guy who came to GA to help him save enough to go to Vegas in turn he never went in the end and has been gamble free for many years. You might not know it but this could be you’re first step in the right direction.

I would advise following the admins advice 



Posted : 21st September 2021 5:29 pm

Many people have been experimenting with self-medication of drugs drink and gambling. Is it possible in gambling? Well, then u need to look at the part of you who is gambling and ask am an addict? If you are an addict you cant self medicate because you need more of the same to get on with the high. That is the math of all addiction. You need more of the same to get on with the high so at some stage, that innocent self-medication could end up being a major blowout with all money gone. You see where I am going with this.



Posted : 23rd September 2021 11:43 am

I see where you are going with this.  

I dont know what changed in my life.  I work full time, I got promoted.  I use to be fine with losing £100, but now the thought of losing make me feel bad.  Even if it is 100.  For me, I like the feeling of making money.  That is what I like.  I used to have self control, now, I dont as much.

Posted : 24th September 2021 12:03 pm
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