Gambling is a leisure activity that should be enjoyable and fun. If gambling has stopped being fun for you and you’ve noticed that it’s preventing you from achieving the things you want to, it’s time to tackle it. Sometimes all you need are self-help tools and information to help you to achieve this.
Use this practical tips and tools to gamble responsible and to stay in control of your gambling.
- Keep track of your spending by setting money and time limits and sticking to them.
- Set your budget and use money management tools to control your spending.
- Take regular breaks to keep your gambling an enjoyable activity.
- Don’t make gambling your main pastime and balance it with other activities.
- Never chase your losses as it will usually just lead to larger losses.
- Only gamble for entertainment and avoid thinking of gambling as a way to make money.
- Gamble when you’re in a good headspace and not to escape.
- Avoid gambling if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, lonely or depressed.
- Avoid gambling under the influence of alcohol and drugs as it can cloud your judgment and affect your decision-making process.
This information should not replace professional advice. If you are experiencing a gambling problem and are concerned about your gambling habits or those of a loved one then we strongly encourage to seek professional help. The following organisations are available to provide free and confidential advice.
GambleAware is a UK charity that aims to promote responsibility in gambling and works to minimise gambling-related harm. They provide information to help people make informed decisions about their gambling and will show you where to go for further information, help and support should you need it. Further information can be found at BeGambleAware.org.
Gambling Therapy is a free online support service that provides practical advice and emotional support to people who have been affected by gambling. Further information can be found at GamblingTherapy.org.
Gamblers Anonymous provides confidential face-to-face counselling to anyone who is affected by problem gambling. Their site offers various help for the compulsive gambler including a Forum, Chat Room, Literature and a meeting finder. Gamblers Anonymous can be contacted at GamblersAnonymous.org.uk.
GamCare is a charity that has become the leading provider of information, advice, support, and counselling to anyone who is affected by problem gambling. Their services are free and confidential. GamCare can be contacted on the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133 or via the NetLine. Further information can be found at their website at GamCare.org.uk.
If you are concerned that a loved one has developed a gambling problem, you can find advice on how to deal with the situation in Help Somebody when Gambling becomes a Problem.
The minimum legal age for online gambling in the UK is 18 years old. If you encounter underage gambling, information about the possible measures that you can take to prevent it and a list of website blocking software can be found in No Underage Gambling.