Here are our Top 10 tips to help you to stay safe and keep it fun.
Don't think of gambling as a way to make money
Over time you are likely to lose more money than you win from gambling. Gamble for fun and entertainment or to socialise with friends. Think of money set aside for gambling as an entertainment expense, like going to the movies.
Only gamble with money you can afford to lose
Do not use money meant for household bills, groceries, or other important expenses on gambling.
Set a money limit in advance
Decide how much you can afford to lose before you play. When it's gone – stop playing.
Set a time limit in advance
It's easy to lose track of time when you're gambling. Set a time limit or alarm on your phone, and when time's up – quit! Odds are that the more time you spend gambling, the more money you will lose.
Never chase your losses
Chasing your losses will usually lead to bigger and bigger losses. Stick to your limits.
Don't gamble when you're depressed or upset
Decision-making can be more difficult when you're not feeling yourself. Make sure you only gamble when you're feeling happy and clear headed.
Balance gambling with other activities
If gambling has become your only form of entertainment, it may be a problem. Keep up with your other hobbies, as well as family, work, or study activities.
Don't use credit cards to gamble
Using credit cards for gambling can get you into debt quickly.
Take frequent breaks
Gambling continuously can cause you to lose track of time and perspective. Take a break at regular intervals.
Don't drink or use drugs when gambling
Drugs and alcohol cloud judgment, and good judgment is your best way of staying in control.
Do I have a gambling problem?
If you suspect that you have a gambling problem, ask yourself the following questions:
Am I frequently gambling for longer than I intend to?
Am I gambling more money than I intend to?
Do I lose track of time when I’m gambling?
Am I gambling with money that should be used for something else?
Am I borrowing money to fund my gambling?
Would I be happy with people knowing how much I’m gambling?
Do I feel irritated or anxious when I’m not gambling?
If you've answered 'Yes' to any of these questions you may be experiencing problems with your gambling.
How can I get help?
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