Gambling Harm during #Euro2024 – The Fun Shouldn’t Cost Your Family

June 14, 2024

The Euros 2024 is here! While everyone’s excited, the influx of gambling ads, betting options, and app suggestions can be a hidden danger. Many don’t realise how these can negatively impact your family.

Gambling harms go beyond the gambler. It can cause serious problems like:

  • Mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.
  • Strained relationships with family and friends due to arguments and broken trust.
  • Financial difficulties include debt, lost savings, and even homelessness.
  • Problems at work or school from missed deadlines to job loss or expulsion.

These consequences affect not just the gambler, but also their loved ones.

The Gambling Commission’s 2022 survey found a shocking statistic: 31% of young people (aged 11-16) have gambled in the past year. This highlights their vulnerability and the need for public health awareness campaigns.

Here are some warning signs of gambling addiction in young people to look out for:

  • Change in behavior
  • Secretive behavior regarding money
  • Unexplained debts
  • Missing school or work.
  • Preoccupation with gambling

It’s important to note that not all young people who gamble will exhibit all of these signs. However, if you are concerned about a young person’s gambling habits, it is important to talk to them openly and honestly about your worries.

Help is available if you or someone you know is struggling with gambling:

  • Support and help HERE
  • For Children & Young People Liverpool CAHMS has many resources you can find HERE

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