Gambling is fun, but like all good things – too much can be bad for you.
While most players enjoy gambling responsibly and playing within their means sadly, the same cannot be said for other players. Some players out there do not play within their limits (and even exceed them) and this is when things quickly spiral out of control.
On this page, you will learn all there is to know about problem gambling. We will give you information you need to stop any instances of problem gambling and direct you to places where you can ask for help.
Are you a problem gambler?
Gamblers Anonymous published a 20-part questionnaire regarding one person’s gambling habits. If you or someone you know identify in 7 out of these 20 questions, then most likely
- Did you ever lose time from work or education due to gambling?
- Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
- Did gambling affect your reputation?
- Have you ever feel remorse after gambling?
- Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
- Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
- After a loss, did you feel you needed to return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
- After a win, did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
- Did you ever gamble until your last dollar was gone?
- Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling habit?
- Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
- Were you reluctant to use ‘gambling money’ for normal expenditures?
- Did gambling make you careless for the welfare of yourself or your family?
- Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
- Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
- Have you ever committed or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
- Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
- Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
- Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune with a few hours of gambling?
- Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?
Gambling do's and don'ts
Here are some essential do’s and don’ts that can assist you in playing responsibly at online casinos and other betting venues to keep your gambling in check.
- Do educate yourself as best you can about responsible gambling
- Do set a budget and don’t exceed it
- Do set time limits and don’t exceed them
- Do reward yourself with money you save from gambling
- Do install Gamblock, a service that prevents you from logging on to betting sites
- Do remove any social media pages you subscribe to that involve gambling
- Don’t consider gambling as a source of income
- Don’t gamble intoxicated or if in a bad mood
- Don’t chase losses
- Don’t consider wins as guaranteed
- Don’t borrow money to fund your gambling
- Don’t let gambling interfere with your work of social life
- Don’t allow gambling to affect your personal and/or social life
- Don’t look for trends
- Don’t believe in superstitions
Gambling support sites
There are various organisations that are specialists in helping problem gamblers, whether you are one or you have a friend who is. Check out a list of the best ones below, complete with contact info so you can get in touch with them today.
National Problem Gambling Clinic