Staying in Control

Gambling can be a source of good fun for many people, but others may find it difficult to stay in control while wagering or betting, which can quickly become a serious issue. If you are worried you might have a problem, read more about the signs and symptoms of a gambling addiction to find out which behaviours to watch out for.

Once they have acknowledged their issues and are ready to get help, there are many ways for sufferers to get support, whether through professional counselling sessions or group therapy with an organisation such as Gamblers Anonymous. Check out the services available to help those who want to try and stop gambling.

Everyone who gambles should try to do so responsibly, and there are a number of recommended tips for staying in control and making sure gambling does not develop into a larger concern:

  • Don’t spend what you can’t afford to lose.
  • Think of gambling as an entertainment expense, not a way to make money.
  • Set limits on the money and time you spend on gambling.
  • Take regular breaks while playing so that you don’t lose track of time or the money you’re spending.
  • Never chase your losses once you have reached your limits.
  • If you think you’ll be tempted to exceed the limits you’ve set for yourself, leave your bank card or credit card at home in a safe place.
  • Don’t gamble when depressed or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

If you struggle to keep to spending limits or feel like you cannot control yourself while gambling, you may want to starting spending more time on other activities that don’t involve betting, wagering or other forms of gambling. You can take steps to change your behaviour and find out other ways in which you can help yourself. on Facebook

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