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Worried about gambling debt?

Free, online debt advice available now.

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Gambling and betting debts. Help to manage your money.

Gambling problems often make debt problems worse, and vice versa. Borrowing more money to pay for gambling can make your debts increase, while struggling to keep on top of your increasing debts can be a trigger for more gambling.

We can help you with any debt problems that may have arisen from a gambling addiction. However, you'll find it easier to deal with your debts if you're also receiving support to reduce or stop gambling.

Gambling warning signs

Some of the warning signs that you or someone you know may have difficulties with gambling include:

  • Using an overdraft to pay for gambling
  • Missing payments towards debts or priority bills because the money was spent on gambling
  • Gambling to pay off debts
  • Spending more than is affordable on gambling
  • Lying to people or arguing with them about money and gambling
  • Losing interest in usual activities and responsibilities
  • Always thinking or talking about gambling
  • Borrowing money or selling belongings to pay for gambling
  • Gambling more money or for a longer time period
  • Feeling anxious, worried, guilty, depressed or irritable

If any of these sound familiar to you, it’s time to get help now. If you have problems with gambling and debt, you need help to deal with both of these issues at the same time.

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Help to stop gambling or tackle addiction

As well as our help dealing with your debt problems, we recommend you get expert help to deal with your gambling. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to gambling problems, and different approaches work for different people:

Speak to your GP

Your NHS GP is the best place to start, especially if your gambling problems are affecting your health and mood. Your GP can discuss what options are available in your area, for example cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a form of talking therapy that many people find effective.

GamCare - TalkBanStop

GamCare offer support and counselling and their trained advisors can put you in touch with face-to-face counselling services in your area.


TalkBanStop combines tools and support to help you to stop gambling and maintain a successful recovery journey.

You can get free tools and support in a matter of minutes by speaking to a GamCare advisor.

Contact GamCare

  • Phone: 0808 8020 133,
  • Whatsapp: 020 3031 8881
  • Chat live on the GamCare website

GamCare’s advisors will offer you a free licence for Gamban’s blocking software and signpost you to the GAMSTOP self-exclusion scheme.

For extra support, you can block gambling payments through most banks and building societies.

Visit the GamCare website to find out more about TalkBanStop.

Support groups

Many people find confidential peer support groups like Gamblers Anonymous or SMART Recovery help to keep their gambling problems under control. If you need advice on finding a group that helps you, ask GamCare or your GP.

Help with your debt problems

This is where we can help. Our expert advisors will give you a practical and realistic way to deal with your debts. 

And importantly, we’ll never judge you. In 30 years we’ve helped more than five million people, including many thousands with gambling problems.

Call our advisors (free from all landlines and mobiles) or use our free and confidential online debt advice tool.

Friends and family of people with gambling problems

If someone close to you has a gambling problem, it can put a huge stress on you and your household finances. Try to encourage them to get help to deal with their debts and gambling.

If you’re struggling to deal with someone else’s gambling and debt problems, get specialist advice. This will ensure you’re doing the best you can for your loved one and looking after yourself at the same time.

GamCare offer confidential support and advice for family and friends of those with gambling problems. You can contact them online or by phone on 0808 8020 133. They're open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Gam-Anon run regular peer support groups for the friends and family of people with gambling problems. These meetings give you a chance to share experiences confidentially with other people in the same position.