Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Gamble Responsibly

Gamble Responsibly
Gamble Responsibly
For most people, gambling is a fun, enjoyable recreational activity which they are able to enjoy without losing control. Whilst the majority of people do gamble within their means, for some, gambling can become a serious problem. When you have a gambling problem, it's not just your problem. It's a problem for your family, your employer, your health and your future. It's an emotional problem with real financial consequences. 

If you are concerned that gambling may have taken over your life then the following questions may help you find out: 

- Do you gamble to escape worry, boredom, loneliness or in any way unhappy life? 
- Did you ever gamble to get money to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties? 
- When gambling and you run out of money, do you feel lost and in despair and need to gamble again as soon as possible? 
- Did you ever borrow or sold anything to finance your gambling? 
- Have you ever lied to cover up the amount of money or time you have spent gambling? 
- Have you lost interest in your family, friends or hobbies because of your gambling? 
- Has your gambling caused you any health problems, including stress or anxiety? 
- Do you feel depressed or even suicidal because of your gambling? 
The more you answer ‘yes’ to these questions, the more likely you are to have a serious gambling problem. If you need to talk to someone who can give you advice and support, we suggest: GameCare or GamblersAnonymous

To ensure you maintain control of your gambling so that it remains enjoyable, please consider tips for safer gambling
- Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money or to escape problems. 
- Always gamble with money that you can afford to lose, if you win then it is a bonus. 
- Have realistic expectations, don't gamble to win money to pay bills. 
- Never chase losses. 
- Set yourself limits in both money and time. 
- Keep track of the time and monitor the amount of money you spend. 
- Don’t gamble when you are depressed or upset. 
- Balance gambling with other activities. 
- Gambling and alcohol are not a good combination. 
- Try to understand the odds/probabilities of winning and losing, and the rules of the games you are playing. 

You can also read useful betting advice in our expert betting advice.