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Gambling: Financial fun or costly excess?

11 January 2014 Last updated at 09:37 GMT

During January, millions of people will be attempting to curtail their vices by keeping to new year resolutions.

Stopping smoking or reducing excess drinking will be on the wish list for many, but you are unlikely to hear friends and family announce they have decided to quit a gambling habit.

According to the Office of National Statistics, the amount people are gambling is rising and it is feared that for some, the habit is getting out of control.

Kevin Peachey reports.