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Gambling is an act which involves betting money or sometimes personal belongings with the aim of winning a reward. This act can result in a win or a loss.

Why do people gamble?

People sometimes gamble for enjoyment. Gambling can, however, also become a habit or an addiction for some. It can cause difficulties for these people and the people around them.

What does gambling involve?

Gambling can include:

Legal Ages

In Ireland a person must be over the age of 18 to be in a bookmakers, buy a lotto ticket or legally gamble. A young person can engage in gaming at an amusement hall or funfair from the age of 16.

What are the signs someone might be struggling with gambling?

It's natural to be worried about a loved one's gambling habits

It’s natural to be worried about a loved one’s gambling habits

A right to support

People of all ages may be affected by gambling – a parent, a carer or even a young person. It’s important to remember that you are not responsible for a person who gambles – they, and you, have a right to support. 

If you are worried about your own habits or a loved one’s, you’re not alone. Childline is here to listen to you and support you. 

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