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.
Main Gambling Organizations
|Gambling Addiction Organizations||Website||Country|
|Gordon House Association||https://gordonmoody.org.uk/||UK|
|CNWL National Problem Gambling||https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/services/addictions-and-substance-misuse-services/national-problem-gambling-clinic||UK|
|Responsible Gambling Council (RGC)||https://www.responsiblegambling.org/||Canada|
|British Columbia Partnership for Responsible Gambling||https://www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca/||Canada|
|Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline||https://www.connexontario.ca/en-ca/||Canada|
|Centre for Addiction and Mental Health||https://kmb.camh.ca/ggtu||Canada|
|Problem Gambling Foundation||https://www.problemgambling.ca/gambling-help/HomePage.aspx||Canada|
|Canada Safety Council||https://canadasafetycouncil.org/about/||Canada|
|The Ministry of Health||https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/mental-health-and-addiction/addiction/gambling||New Zealand|
|Gambling Helpline New Zealand||https://gamblinghelpline.co.nz/Home_452.aspx||New Zealand|
|Problem Gambling Foundation||https://www.pgf.nz/||New Zealand|
|The National Problem Gambling Helpline Network||https://www.ncpgambling.org/||US|
|1 800 Gambler||https://www.1800gambler.net/||US|
|Australia Gambling Help||https://www.gamblinghelponline.org.au/||Australia|
|South African Responsible Gambling Foundation||https://responsiblegambling.org.za/||South Africa|
|Gamblers Anonymous Ireland||https://www.gamblersanonymous.ie/||Ireland|
|Danish Gambling Authority||https://www.spillemyndigheden.dk/||Denmark|
|Adictel Prevention Addiction||https://www.adictel.com/en/||France|
|Responsible Gambling Foundation||https://www.rgf.org.mt/||Malta|
|Caritas Addicted Gamblers Counseling Centre||https://www.gamblercaritas.org.hk/||Hong Kong|
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