How To Gamble Responsibly
The most important thing to understand is that responsible gambling means being aware of your habits, knowing that you’re playing a game of chance and that no skill is required. Once you understand this and adopt this attitude, gambling becomes something to do to pass the time rather than as a means to pay the bills or get back what you lost.
Tips for gambling responsibly:
|Set Deposit Limits
|Track your play
|Never chase losses
|Stick to a bankroll budget
|Get help early
|Don’t drink or take drugs while gambling
Signs of Compulsive Gambling
If you find yourself experiencing any of the following signs, you might not be gambling responsibly and it’s advised that you seek further help and support from a professional.
- Find it hard to stop playing
- Find yourself chasing losses
- Play past your time and budget limits
- Start borrowing or stealing money to gamble
- Feel more restless, irritated or depressive when not gambling
- Spend a lot of time thinking about gambling
- Prioritise gambling over friends, family, job and other life activities
There’s no shame in admitting that you might have a gambling problem or reaching out to get help. If you believe that either you or a loved one might be struggling with gambling, it’s important to understand that it can be treated just like any other addiction. Australia offers many resources, professional help and support to help individuals who may be going through problems like this.
We’ve found the following resources to be very helpful. They vary from forums and online chats to hotlines and self-help groups.
|Gambling Help Online
|Counselling, information & support 24/7
|24/7 crisis support
Responsible Gambling FAQs
Some signs of irresponsible gambling include spending more than you can afford, chasing your losses, feeling moody or down, always thinking about gambling and spending too much time gambling.
Gambling responsibly means taking appropriate breaks, gambling only for fun and not as a way to pay the bills, setting limits and practicing self-exclusion.
- Set deposit limits.
- Track your play.
- Never chase losses.
- Stick to a bankroll budget.
- Get help early.
- Don’t drink or take drugs while gambling.