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New resource aims to help people recognise the signs of gambling addiction

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The module is available to anyone to access for free

A Scottish charity has launched a new course that aims to offer support around gambling addiction.

Money Advice Scotland has launched a new addition to its e-learning modules – Understanding Gambling and Gambling Harms. Designed in partnership with Gamble Aware and the Accountant in Bankruptcy, the module covers the activities that fall within the remit of gambling as well as looking at the gambling industry in the UK and discussing gambling disorder and gambling harms.

The module was created to help people recognise the signs of gambling disorder and gambling harms. During 2019/20, almost 25 million people gambled in Britain; however, for some people the activity can be harmful and it’s estimated that around 2 million people in Britain are at risk of experiencing the negative impacts of gambling. As well as highlighting some of the key signs of gambling disorder such as continued gambling to recoup money lost or finding it difficult to stop gambling, the module also signposts to organisations that can help and support people suffering from gambling related harm.

Marlena McFarlane, financial wellbeing lead at Money Advice Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to introduce this new module. We know that gambling disorder can affect anyone, and it was very important to us that this module took a non-judgemental approach to help people recognise signs of gambling harm as well as highlighting ways in which support is available.”

The module is available to anyone to access for free and a certificate will be issued on completion. To register for the module, please complete this form. Alternatively, professionals can refer clients by contacting the money charity directly at

Please contact freephone National Gambling Helpline 0808 8020 133 for help and support with gambling related harms.



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