As the festive season approaches, we want to remind you that support is available for those facing challenges with gambling and their loved ones.
For many, Christmas involves financial, social, and mental health pressures that make it harder to keep on top of their gambling. The influence of alcohol, changes in routine, and sporting events can lead to extra temptation, especially with an early December payday.
We’re asking you to look out for signs you or a loved one may be struggling with gambling this festive period. If you need advice, guidance, or someone to talk to, our National Gambling Helpline will continue to be available 24/7.
Statistics on gambling harms over the festive period
A recent YouGov survey, commissioned by us, shows the challenges that people who face gambling harms experience during the Christmas period:
- Over 50% of ‘problem gamblers’ (PGSI of 8+) said they were more likely to feel anxious or depressed at Christmas
- 44% said they had spent money intended for Christmas presents on gambling
- 43% reported having spent Christmas payday money on gambling
- 41% said that their gambling could distract them from spending time with family and friends over Christmas
If this reminds you of your relationship with gambling, you’re not alone.
Finding support this Christmas
Our Helpline is available to call on 0808 8020 133, but you can also talk to us through our live chat, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger (all available 24/7) or our moderated forum. We understand talking to someone on the phone can be daunting, especially when you’re around family and friends.
Our chatrooms will also continue to run over the festive period and are a safe and supportive space to talk about issues related to gambling harms with other people in similar situations. Explore our Holiday Opening Hours for chatroom timings and available services.
Seeking help is a sign of strength. Whenever you’re ready to take that step, we’ll be on the other end of the line, ready to help.