It is advisable to factor in the money you spend on gambling to your monthly budget for leisure activities like going to the cinema and eating out, only betting with cash you can afford to lose. If you have a set limit, for either the amount of money you are willing to spend in one session or the length of time you wish to dedicate to gambling, it can help to stop it taking over other areas of your life.
If gambling ever stops being fun and you find yourself chasing your losses, spending more than you can afford, ignoring your family or neglecting your work, there are numerous steps you can take to access the help you need.
The Addiction section of Gamble.net offers advice to help you assess whether you have a problem as well as to give you an understanding of what a gambling addiction actually is. You can also read about the support available to you, such as counselling, debt management and self-exclusion from gambling venues.
If you are worried about your relationship with gambling, or you think someone you know may have an issue, there are a number of places you can turn to for advice:
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