My son gambled away all his savings after being furloughed – how can I help him?

DEAR DEIDRE:  MY son keeps gambling away all his earnings and now he’s spent his savings too.

He’s a student and worked in a bar before lockdown. He was furloughed so he spends a lot of time in his room playing poker online.

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I’m his mum, am 45 and he’s 20.

He admitted last year he had a gambling problem and agreed to pay his wages to me while I sent him supermarket gift cards for food.

But yesterday he admitted opening a new bank account because his savings had gone.

He told me £500 of his furloughed wages had gone within hours.

DEIDRE SAYS: It’s a good sign your son has opened up to you about his gambling because admitting he has a problem is the first step on the road to getting help and sorting it.

He can find support to stop via GamCare (, 0808 8020 133).

My e-leaflet Gambler In The Family will help you both.

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