Often, people like yourself are ambivalent about gambling. On the one hand, you might be frustrated at how much you've lost. On the other, you may still hold out hope of a Big Win - one which will solve all your money worries and problems. You probably like gambling - after all, it is designed to be stimulating - but dislike it at the same time. It is common to feel like this.

A lot of us have distorted perceptions of how gambling works, and just how likely we are to succeed. We make no apologies for advising people to give up gambling totally, rather than to gamble less. Gambling to any extent will not make you a winner.  Gambling is designed so that you win, but lose more.

Gambling is designed so that you win, but lose more

The average "take" of the gambling companies is 15%. If you keep on gambling, that will be the average you lose out of what you stake each time. The longer you gamble, the more you will lose.

Researchers are split about whether people who've had problems with gambling can ever gamble responsibly again. Even if some people can, it seems the percentage is low, and of course you won't know whether you are able to or not. 

You could be doing better things! It is not just the money that is sucked into the “fat cat” gambling companies that is the problem. A lot of time is spent gambling. Imagine what you could do –  study for a qualification, visit an elderly relative, get fitter… What could you be doing with your talents, your time, your energy? You could change the world for the better.