Working in a bookies can be very exciting, live races from around the world, regular customers winning big and being so happy for them, the general banter with customers, but, more and more young people are gambling their money away.
It genuinely is hard to watch as an 18-year-old lad will bring whatever money they have into the shop and just put it all into the machines, I’ve seen people spend over £200 in about ten minutes which is probably their weekly apprenticeship wage. Why do people gamble their money away? The gambling industry is supposed to be a leisure industry and for many people it is, but also there are many who gamble because they must, not because they want to.
I know some university students, in Liverpool and elsewhere around the country who gamble because they wouldn’t be able to afford to live if it wasn’t for the odd bet coming in. How can we let this happen? How can we let vulnerable people at such a young age feel as though they must gamble to survive?
I don’t think the answer is to increase the gambling age or to lower stakes because there’s always a way around it, they’ll still find a way to bet but if you do feel as though you are vulnerable to gambling then there are people available to help you, its not weak to go and get help for gambling as it is probably the best thing you could do.
There is nothing worse than having no money but there are better options than to gamble in the hope you win big.
Yes, the feeling of winning a bet makes you feel like you’re in ecstasy but losing regularly has been proven to be a cause of depression if you’re desperate for money. And this could lead to all sorts of problems.
If you feel as though you’re not enjoying gambling then seek help, delete the betting apps, self exclude make shops. Don’t allow yourself to not enjoy your life.