Counsellor says two AFL stars have lost $1MILLION each on gambling

Counsellor says two AFL stars have lost $1MILLION each on gambling


Two AFL players have lost $1million each on gambling, according to a counsellor. Jan Beames, who has called the gambling addiction ‘an epidemic’ among footballers, said nearly 120 players and coaches struggle with the habit     Some footballers who have struggled to cope with their addiction have had suicidal thoughts   Jan Beames (pictured), who has called the gambling addiction ‘an epidemic’ among footballers, said nearly 120 players and coaches struggle with the habitMrs Beames, who is known for helping elite sports players with gambling addictions, says footballers have developed the habit to escape from game pressures  During the off-season, players usually turn to drugs, the counsellor told the Herald Sun   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ‘I told my mum I needed money for drugs because I was too Australia’s multi-billion-dollar gambling epidemic revealed:. Share this article Share A player from a Victorian team and another from an interstate club, have gambled seven figures and now owe $1million each  One footballer kept going to the toilet to check results from a racing bet at a function to hide his addiction from his partner  He won $95,000 and returned to the event without saying a word to anyone. Another player had lost $800,000, while struggling to keep his marriage together and had seen six psychologists  One young player, who was referred to Mrs Beames, got into the habit due his anxiety of needing to meet the expectations of others   Some footballers who have struggled to cope with their addiction have had suicidal thoughts (stock image) Mrs Beames said younger players were being pressured into gambling because it’s a way gain a ‘sense of belonging’  She and her corporate psychologist husband Colin have slammed the AFL’s anti-gambling initiative as ‘pathetic’  ‘There’s a whole issue around the response, or lack of, to gambling in the AFL,’ Mr Beames said  ‘We believe gambling is the biggest issue in the AFL.’  AFL head of football Steve Hocking said the addiction was rooted in ‘anxiety and mental health’    ‘There are things that trigger that kind of behaviour as a release mechanism,’ Mr Hocking said    Mrs Beames said younger players were being pressured into gambling because it’s a way gain a ‘sense of belonging’ (stock image) 

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