Responsible Gambling

How Can I Gamble Responsibly?

Here are some guidelines to help you gamble responsibly:

  • Treat gambling as a form of entertainment, not a source of income.
  • Never gamble beyond your financial means.
  • Set a budget for each gambling session in advance.
  • Avoid chasing losses at all costs.
  • Take regular breaks between gambling sessions.
  • Avoid gambling while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Do not gamble if you are feeling depressed, angry, or upset.
  • Ensure that gambling does not disrupt your daily routine.
  • Make sure gambling is not your only interest or hobby.
  • Keep track of the time and money you spend on gambling.
  • If you feel you are becoming addicted, take a long break.
  • Set a time limit before you start gambling and stick to it. If necessary, use reminders.
  • Remember that gambling is not an alternative source of income or a way to pay off debts.

For more information on safe gambling and managing gambling problems, contact BeGambleAware, Gamblers Anonymous, GamCare, or Gam-Anon.

What Are the Signs of Problem Gambling?

The following questions can help you recognize when your gambling behavior has become problematic, indicating that you should take a break or seek professional help:

  • Do you avoid work or school to gamble?
  • Do you gamble to escape life's problems (boredom, poor family life, etc.)?
  • If you run out of money while gambling, do you feel confused and desperate, wanting to quickly find more money to continue gambling?
  • After losing a bet, do you feel the need to win back the money as quickly as possible?
  • Have you ever lied, borrowed, or stolen to get money for gambling or to pay off gambling debts?
  • Have you lied to hide how much money or time you have spent gambling?
  • Do you gamble until your last penny is gone, even if it's needed for a ride home or food?
  • Have you gone into debt because of gambling?
  • Have others ever criticized your gambling behavior?
  • Do you refuse to spend your "gambling money" on anything else?
  • Have you lost interest in your family, friends, or other hobbies?
  • Do you prioritize gambling over your family and loved ones?
  • Do you feel depressed, anxious, or have you ever thought about suicide because of gambling?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please contact BeGambleAware, Gamblers Anonymous, GamCare, or Gam-Anon.