How to Gamble Responsibly
Here are some key tips to help you gamble responsibly:
- Treat gambling as a source of entertainment rather than a source of income;
- Never gamble outside of your means;
- Set a money limit for each game in advance;
- Never chase your losses;
- Try to take regular breaks between games that you play;
- Avoid gambling when drinking alcohol;
- Do not gamble when you are depressed, angry or upset;
- Try to gamble from a position of knowledge;
- Do not let gambling interfere with daily responsiblities;
- Make sure gambling is not your only interest or hobby;
- Keep track of the time and money spent;
- If you feel that you are addicted from gambling, self-exclude yourself;
- Set yourself a time limit before you start gambling and stick to it. Set an alarm;
- Don’t turn to gambling as an alternative source of income or a way to pay back a debt;
- For more information on how to gamble safely and on dealing with gambling problems, seek help at BeGambleAware, Gamblers Anonymous, GamCare and Gam-Anon.
What are the Signs of Problem Gambling?
The following questions can help identify when your gambling behaviour has become a concern:
- Do you stay away from work or college to gamble?
- Do you gamble to escape from problems in your life (boredom, unhappy home life, etc.)?
- If you run out of money when you’re gambling, do you feel lost and in despair and want to find money to gamble again as soon as possible?
- After losing, do you feel you must try and win back your losses as soon as possible?
- Have you lied, stolen or borrowed to get money to gamble or pay gambling debts?
- Have you ever lied to cover up the amount of money or time you’ve spent gambling?
- Do you gamble until your last penny is gone, even if it’s for your bus fare home or for food?
- Are you getting into debt because of gambling?
- Have others ever criticized your gambling behavior?
- Are you reluctant to spend “gambling money” on anything else?
- Have you lost interest in your family, friends or other interests/hobby?
- Do you put gambling before your family and other loved ones?
- Do arguments, frustrations or disappointments make you want to gamble more?
- Do you feel depressed or suicidal because of your gambling?
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