Consider these important guidelines for gambling responsibly:
- View gambling as a form of entertainment, not a way to make money.
- Only gamble what you can afford to lose.
- Establish a budget before you start playing.
- Avoid trying to win back lost money.
- Make sure to take breaks often.
- Steer clear of gambling if you’re drinking alcohol.
- Avoid gambling when you're feeling down or stressed.
- Arm yourself with knowledge about the games you play.
- Ensure gambling doesn’t interfere with your daily tasks.
- Balance gambling with other activities.
- Monitor the time and money you spend gambling.
- If you think you may have a gambling problem, don’t hesitate to seek help from organizations like BeGambleAware, Gamblers Anonymous, GamCare, and Gam-Anon.
Identifying Gambling Addiction
Answer these questions to help identify potential gambling issues:
- Do you skip work or school to gamble?
- Is gambling an escape from life’s difficulties?
- Do you feel desperate to gamble again when you run out of money?
- Do you feel compelled to recover your losses right after losing?
- Have you ever lied or borrowed money to continue gambling or cover gambling debts?
- Have you lied about the amount of time or money spent on gambling?
- Do you gamble all your money away, leaving nothing for other necessities?
- Are you in debt because of gambling?
- Has anyone criticized your gambling?
- Are you unwilling to spend money on anything other than gambling?
- Have you lost interest in family, friends, or hobbies due to gambling?
- Is gambling a priority over your family and loved ones?
- Do you continue gambling despite arguments or disappointments?
- Does gambling make you feel depressed or suicidal?
Major Gambling Organizations
Main Gambling Organizations
|Gambling Addiction Organizations
|Gordon Moody Association
|CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic