My partner has developed a severe gambling problem and relies on me to pay bills

DEAR DEIDRE: OVER the three years we have been together, my partner has developed a severe gambling problem.

It has steadily worsened. Now, all his wages disappear straight away and he relies on me to pay our bills.

We were planning to buy our own house but that is impossible.

All our savings have long since disappeared and we are living off my salary.

Both of us are 26. I work as a teacher and he is a personal trainer.

It’s got so bad he even wakes me up in the middle of the night demanding I transfer more money to him – because “he’s sure he’s going to win this time”.

I’ve tried to help him, given him plenty of ultimatums and even left him.

But nothing seems to stop him.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Unless your partner accepts he has an addiction and seeks help to stop his gambling, there is very little you can do.

You need to tell him that unless he gets help, you will leave – and this time the crucial difference is you have to mean it.

He should contact GamCare (0808 8020 133, for support on moving forward.

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