Problem gamblers lose the sense that it's only a game. They may begin to look at gambling as a way to make money. They often think that they have special luck or abilities. When they lose money, they tend to "chase their losses", betting even more to win back money that has been lost. The result is a vicious circle of increasing losses and increasing bets.
How to tell if you have a problem ?
- Are you leaving your children alone or with community members for long periods of time, in order to gamble?
- Are you gambling family money needed for rent/mortgage, groceries, clothes, or heat?
- Do you feel you have to gamble to spend time with the people you care about?
- When you are with your family, at work or at social events, are you constantly thinking about your next bet?
- Do you look at gambling as a way to make money?
Responsible Gambling Tips
For many people gambling is exciting and entertaining. They make careful decisions about spending time and money, where to go and how to have fun.
Here is how most people gamble responsibly:
- Decide on a loss limit ahead of time and stick to it
- Low-risk gambling is a way of playing with very little chance of losing control. The key to low-risk gambling is to realize that "it's only a game."
- Never borrow money to gamble
- Set a time limit
- Take frequent breaks
- Balance gambling with other activities
- Don't gamble when highly stressed, depressed or troubled in some other way
- Only gamble with money set aside for entertainment, never with money for everyday expenses