Wanna Bet?

Answers to all the common questions on gambling and men's health.

Gambling is probably as old the human race. Today, there’s a lot of it about. It seems to be advertised everywhere. That can lead us to think it must be very ‘normal’. And in a way it is but that doesn’t mean it isn’t affecting our health. Online gambling has massively increased the risk.

Wanna Bet?: gambling and men’s health answers men’s common questions. It explains how gambling works, how the gambling apps and sites reel you in, how it can affect your brain and many, many other aspects of your life.

It will help you identify if you have a problem with gambling and what you can do about it.

Whatever your age, the key message is:understand what you’re dealing with. Read the booklet. Learn more. Get support if you need.

This short, punchy, easy-to-read manual written by Jim Pollard is full of simple, practical information that will improve the health of pretty much anyone.

Men's Health Forum man manuals: men’s health made easy.

Full contents list
  • Introduction
  • How Gambling Works
  • What are Gambling Harms?
  • How to Stop Gambling
  • What Can Help?
  • Take Control
  • Your Checklist
  • What Next?
  • Plus CASE STUDIES of men beating gambling: Nick, Simon, Tom and Neil
'A cold, hard look at gambling and how to assess your risk.'

The Men's Health Forum was a member of the now-defunct NHS England Information Standard but we continue to try to follow the guidelines the Standard set down. This means the manual is fully-referenced, has been peer-reviewed by our team of medics led by Dr John Chisholm, the Men's Health Forum's chair of trustees, and also road-tested with men of all ages. You can have confidence that this is a reliable source of quality evidence-based health information.

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The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.

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