Gambling is an activity closely linked to horse racing and we are here to offer non-judgemental and helpful support if you feel your gambling habits are becoming a problem.
The high of landing a winning bet can sometimes be the onset of a gambling addiction which can harm your mental and physical health and cause serious debt issues. Compulsive gambling is recognised as an emotional illness which can have devastating effects on you and your family.
We understand that compulsive gambling can be difficult to control in the horse racing environment. Racing Welfare offers a fully confidential and caring support line to anyone affected by gambling. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need help.
Addiction to gambling can be caused by the following:
Compulsive gambling is influenced by biological, genetic and environmental factors. The need to make money and your reputation as a successful gambler can sometimes lead to higher social status and respect from others. In addition, the adrenaline rush from placing a winning bet is one that causes the brain to release a chemical called dopamine, this can lead to you craving the pleasurable effect again and again. Gambling can become irresistible to those affected but there is no need to feel ashamed. We will provide you with fully confidential support.
Our friendly and non-judgemental advisors are available for you to talk to 24-hours a day. No matter what area of the horse racing industry you work in, support is here. All your information will be kept fully confidential.
Racing Welfare’s 24 hour support line enables people to access support and
guidance through digital and telephone options.
We will support you in receiving additional treatment and recovery options in our wider communities. This includes self-help groups and professional support. These specialist treatment services and groups form a national structure of recovery support in the UK:
Breakeven – free counselling for gambling addiction
Gamcare – free support and treatment
Gamblers Anonymous UK – find your local support group
National Problem Gambling Clinic – therapy for gamblers
Gordon Moody Association – residential treatment programme