The bottom line is that gambling establishments like land-based casinos and online gambling sites are set up to take in more money than they pay out. This means that over time, you will lose more money than you win. And, remember it’s not just casinos. All forms of gambling have the same principle – the vast majority of people lose so that a very small minority can have big wins. Virtually all people with gambling problems hold the false expectation that they are the ones who will be the big winners. That belief feeds the problem
Always gamble with money that you can afford to lose.Gamble with money that you set aside for fun, like going to the movies or going out for drinks. Never use money that you need for important things like rent, bills, tuition, etc. Never chase losses
If you lose money, never try to get it back by going over your limit. This usually leads to even bigger lossesSet a money limit
Decide how much money you can afford to lose before you play. When you have lost that amount of money, quit. If you win – enjoy, but remember it won’t happen most of the time.
Set a time limit
Decide how much time you can afford to spend gambling. When you reach that time limit, stop gambling. Gambling and alcohol are not a good combination
Gambling under the influence of alcohol is common, but it generally leads people to make bad decisions that they regret later.
People who gamble in a high-risk way lose the sense that it’s only a game. They start to see gambling as a way to make money. Or they think they have special luck or abilities. Often when they lose, they bet more and more to try to win back what’s been lost.People who gamble in a low-risk way naturally follow the principles of safer gambling. They see gambling as a form of entertainment. For them, a small gambling loss is the cost of a night’s entertainment—just like the cost of a movie ticket or a restaurant bill.
General Signs of a Potential Gambling Problem
•Lie about how much time or money you’ve spent gambling?
•Borrow money or sell things to get
•money to gamble?
•Skip work, family functions or other obligations to gamble?•Gamble to escape boredom or problems
•at home or work?
•Gamble in order to win back losses?
•Need to gamble with larger amounts of money, or for a longer period of time, to get that same feeling of excitement?
•Argue with your spouse, partner or family about money and gambling?
•Hide bills, ‘past due notices’, winnings or losses from your partner or family member?
•Feel that a ‘big win’ will solve all of your problems?
•Bet until the last dollar is gone?
•Neglect to sleep or eat properly in order
•to keep gambling?