OVER 18 - Recognising the signs


The warning signs

If you haven't been able to identify the signs earlier It may be more of a challenge as the youngster may have started working. They have probably started to mange their own finances and in some cases will have have already become addicted to their digital devices.  

Recognising the warning signs even at 18 might still help families and parents put in preventative measures before the potential lure of gambling sets in.

10 things to look for - Over 18

  • Running out of money each month
  • Borrowing money/taking out loans with no intention of paying back
  • Selling possessions
  • Secrecy regarding Increased volume of post
  • Overreacting to create an argument and aggressive behaviour
  • Becoming disengaged with family life and irregular sleeping patterns
  • Unable to sustain employment or relationships
  • Stealing money from family
  • Persistent and elaborate lying even when caught out
  • 'The Look' - zoned out, greyness, looking ill, loss of weight and a lack of pride in appearance

10 things to do - Over 18

This is probably the most crucial stage as poor decisions made at 18+ can potentially have devastating life-changing implications.  However, there are still a series of measures you can put in place but obviously the older the person is the more resistance you may find.

Once again this is by no means an exhaustive list but just some strategies that could ensure a potential situation does not escalate.


  • Visit the useful links page and do some research - become an expert
  • Visit the GP - Although gambling disorder is now recognised as a mental illness some doctors may not be an expert in this area
  • Explain the importance of managing finances and how mistakes made at an early age have such a devastating impact later on in life - explain budgeting.  Work together on finances 
  • Use a bank account that allows gambling blocks – for example Monzo
  • Improve your understanding of how the digital world works and monitor social media accounts - Do the Digital Detox together - be a positive role model
  • Put some barriers in place - limit time online time by managing devices through the broadband hub and have control over devices where possible
  • Register with Gamstop and put blocks, controls and preventative measures in place on all devices
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle through exercise and healthy eating and find hobbies and activities that do not rely on technology
  • Monitor letters that arrive - banks, loan companies etc