Responsible Gambling

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?

If you answer “yes” to any of the above, please contact: BeGambleAware, Gamblers Anonymous, GamCare and Gam-Anon.

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