Online gambling activities like bingo, poker, betting, or more specific types of gambling, have seen a huge increase in popularity as access is now easily available. Gambling carries the risk of criminal activity and can especially be an issue for vulnerable people. It can also be addictive, and you need to know when to stop.
Our Student Financial Support Team have put together the following guidance to raise awareness of responsible gambling, with tips on what you can do to protect yourself, and assistance if you feel that you're in need of additional support.
The Gambling Commission regulates the gambling industry and ensures that operators provide responsible gambling; their website has some useful information on gambling and how to keep safe when gambling.
If you've been affected by gambling and wish to speak to someone, there are a number of free services which you can access:
- YGAM for students
- All Bets Are Off podcast - gambling harm amongst the student population
- SJ Counselling - gambling counselling service
- Gamblers Anonymous - GA
- Gambling Commission - safer gambling
There is a wealth of information on the NHS website regarding gambling and where to find help.
Self-exclusion is a way to limit the amount of online gambling you're able to do by asking the gambling provider to exclude you from gambling with them for a set length of time. You can find out more on the following websites:
- Information on self-exclusion from the Gambling Commission (including GAMSTOP)
- Gamban - software to block online gambling sites and apps.
BU has teamed up with GambleAware to deliver EROGamb: Enabling Responsible Online Gambling. The project helps gambling subscribers to visualise their gambling history to inform decisions on their gambling behaviour. Along with behaviour change mechanisms to try and reduce problem gambling, they also enable gamblers to manage their gambling by goal-setting and self-monitoring. You can find out more about the project on the Research blog.
If you feel that you need to talk to someone at BU find out more about our support and advice services on campus.