GamCare and Alex McLeish from former Scotland, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Rangers Managers have teamed up to bring attention to the help available in Glasgow for people who struggle with gambling.
The charity supports over 500 individuals in Glasgow to fight the negative effects of gambling.
GambleAware sponsored it. They offer a 24-hour telephone number that can be reached any day of the year. The charity also offers confidential, free treatment in the Glasgow region, online and in person.
GamCare has provided statistics that show more women in Glasgow are speaking to GamCare about their gambling concerns than men, with an average of 77% to 22 percent. The charity believes that 39% of those seeking assistance are younger than 35 years old, which is an important reminder about how vulnerable young people can be to gambling-related problems.
McLeish commented: “I am pleased to be backing this campaign to raise awareness of GamCare and the work they do to help anyone struggling with gambling in Glasgow. If they require help, it is vital that people are aware of where to turn.
“Gambling is prevalent in the football industry, so I am really keen to ensure people know where and how to seek help should they have an issue.”
GamCare’s recent research shows that six million Brits have known someone who has a gambling problem. Another stat is that 25% of Brits have regrets about placing a wager they had placed.
GamCare offers five warning signs that you should be aware of if someone is playing too much. Are they showing signs of withdrawal? Are they feeling more depressed? Is their sleep quality poor? Signs of financial problems can be an indicator that someone may have gambling issues.
Lisa-Marie Patton, GamCare Scotland Team Leader, added: “At GamCare, we know that people in Glasgow who use our services can find it difficult to enjoy live sports, particularly games such as the Old Firm derby.
“With potentially more temptation this weekend ahead of the game, there’s an added importance that people know where they can turn to if they need support with their gambling.”
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