Betting addict: ‘I bet £8,000 in one day’

A recovering drug addict who bet almost daily for eleven years has shared how it controlled his life.

Declan Cregan, from Belfast, started betting aged 16 and said his problem got worse when he started working, with his salary ‘basically fueling my addiction at the time. I was able to gamble more money and as the money came in I even started getting loans, things like that, payday loans, everything.

Now that he hasn’t placed a bet for three years, he said: “I still have so many dark days – it happens, it’s normal. So it was very difficult for me too, but again, my life is so much better off not playing it, that’s what keeps me going every day.


Cregan explained that before, the game “reigned my whole life”. He said he’d wake up every morning thinking how he could bet that day, and if he couldn’t afford it, he’d make sure he “got the money somehow.” of another”.

When he received his salary, he stayed up all night playing it. For example: “There was a time when I was paid one month and didn’t even have money the next day to get a black cab to work which cost £1.50 so that was just staying up that night just to play.”

He added: “I lost a lot of money in a very short time. And on my last day of play I lost £8,000. So for me, I had to hit rock bottom and that was basically the day that everything changed for me, that I stopped playing that day.


Earlier this year, a longtime peer warned that dire consequences would follow if the government failed to tackle addiction in its promised reform of gambling laws.

Writing in The Times, Lord Butler of Brockwell urged the government to seize the opportunity presented by its much-delayed white paper to tackle the harms of gambling and “bring positive change” to countless lives.

Lord Butler is vice-chairman of Peers for Gambling Reform, a cross-party group of around 150 members, which is calling for tougher controls on the industry.

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