Most people gamble for fun and enjoyment. However, some people think of gambling as a way to make money, spend more than they can afford, or use gambling to distract themselves from everyday problems.
Following these tips can help you to gamble more safely.
TIPS FOR SAFER GAMBLING
- Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money:
Think of gambling as an entertainment expense – just like buying a movie ticket.
- Only gamble with money you can afford to lose:
Gamble within your weekly entertainment budget, not with your phone bill or rent budget.
- Set a money limit in advance:
Decide how much you can afford to lose before you go to play. When it’s gone – it’s over! If you win, you’ve been lucky, but don’t be disappointed if your luck doesn’t continue.
- Set a time limit in advance:
It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re gambling. Set a time limit or alarm, 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:
If you lose your set money limit and then try to win some of it back before you leave, then you haven’t really set a money limit. Chasing your losses will usually just lead to bigger and bigger losses.
- Don’t gamble when you’re depressed or upset:
Decision-making can be more difficult when you’re stressed or emotionally upset. Make sure you only gamble when you’re feeling happy and clear headed.
- Balance gambling with other activities:
When gambling becomes your only form of entertainment, it’s unlikely that you’re still just gambling for the fun of it, and your gambling may even be a problem. Make sure gambling isn’t your only pastime.
- Don’t take your bank card with you;
This is a good way to safeguard your money limit and not let being “in the moment” warp your judgment.
- If you use the Casino Cash Desk;
Consider setting daily financial limits that are within your means by limiting the amount of money that can be withdrawn at the cash desk.
- Take frequent breaks;
Gambling continuously can cause you to lose track of time and perspective. Step out for some air or a bite to eat at regular intervals.
- Responsible alcohol consumption;
Alcohol can cloud judgment, and good judgment stands as your main line of defence against letting gambling get out of control.
HOW MUCH DO YOU SPEND ON GAMBLING?
www.BeGambleAware.Org offers a calculator that can help work this out for you.
This tool is completely anonymous and confidential – they do not ask for any personal details and do not store any data. Remember, everyone has different income and expenditure levels, and different financial limits. It is up to you to decide how much is ‘too much’.
If you think you are spending too much time or money gambling, then ask staff for more information about self-exclusion schemes.
Self-exclusion means asking a gambling provider to exclude you from gambling with them for a length of time, with a minimum period of 6 months. All gambling providers in Ireland provide this option, allowing any customer who has followed the procedure to request self-exclusion.
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We at the Rutland Centre have dealt with gambling addictions for decades – we can help. If you have any concerns about your own gambling habits or those of a loved one, please pick up the phone to contact us. We are firmly of the opinion that, in Ireland in particular, people wait far too long to make the call to seek addiction treatment. Gambling rehabilitation and change are much more attainable if treatment is sought at an early stage.