Some people have said that they had not had difficult childhoods, nor were they particularly struggling in life. They were encouraged to gamble by all the advertising. Because gambling is addictive, gambling more caused them to gamble even more.
I was in the same job, and I was earning good money. My family life was stable. So why get into that? It wasn’t like I was, you know, in poverty or anything like that or, you know, it was just something that initially started as a bit of fun. And I enjoyed it and when you won it was a real buzz. And the weird thing is, when I did win, I’d buy things for my family. It wasn’t even me, I wouldn’t spend it on me.
It’s a hard one right because it’s strange that certain people couldn’t just do it whatever they want and then others can’t. It’s a weird one. I’m thinking about how that comes about. Everyone like young, old from any background or any household, any sort of upbringing, expect anyone. My upbringing was amazing. Mine was perfect, my upbringing and somehow I got into that. I don’t really know how to explain it.
Trying new ways to gamble
Often gambling worsens when people start a new kind of gambling that is faster. Where you can play non-stop without a break. You can win or lose larger amounts. For example, moving from pre-match sports betting where you have to wait for the outcome of the game, to in-play betting. Equally onto slots or casino games.
It is also when people move to a venue that is more appealing. Equally when gambling is more accessible. For example, from betting in a bookmaker, where they have to physically get to the venue that has closing hours, to gambling on a computer or phone, which is with them all the time.
It was like an escape to go bingo. I’d end up going there three times a week, four times a week. To start with, it was just like, I’ll just buy the books and do the books but then you have the pound games at the side of the table, and you just sit there put in the pounds and put in the pounds. I think at one point I was probably spending, god knows how much, probably £400 a week, just going to bingo… And then I found online slots and online bingo and that is awful. It’s lovely if you can control how you use it, but it’s really difficult to control how you use it.