Are you gambling responsibly?
At HQgambling we see gambling as a form of entertainment, but we are aware that for some people it can become a destructive hobby when things go out of control.
You are gambling responsibly when you:
- see gambling as a form of entertainment
- are in control of how much time and money you are spending
- don’t bet more than you can afford to lose
- understand the odds and your chances of winning
- are not chasing your losses
You might have a gambling problem when you:
- always think about gambling and start losing interest in your usual activities and hobbies
- start gambling more money and spending more time than you had planned
- gamble until all your money is gone and/or start borrowing money to keep gambling
- feel the need to increase your stakes to feel excited and/or to chase losses
- are constantly feeling anxious, worried, guilty and/or depressed
Your bookmakers and casinos can help!
Every decent bookmaker and casino has the tools listed below built into their website to help you stay in control and gamble responsibly.
Deposit limit: A deposit limit stops you from depositing more than a certain amount of money per day, week or month.
Wager limit: A wager limit is to limit the amount of money you can bet on a single bet, spin or hand.
Time-out: If you want to take a short break you can take a time-out, which allows you to temporarily close your account.
Self-exclusion: A self-exclusion is just like a time-out, but for a longer period of time and meant for real problem gamblers.
Need more help?
If you feel like your gambling is starting to become problematic we recommend visiting the following websites, which can provide specific help about playing responsibly and advice on how to approach your gambling issues.
BeGambleAware: Access free, confidential help with BeGambleAware. Learn about how gambling works, check if you or someone you know may have a problem and find tips on how to stay in control. https://www.begambleaware.org/
Gamblers Anonymous: Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience with problem gambling with an aim to helping other compulsive gamblers recover. http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/
Gambling Therapy: Gambling Therapy is a global service offering free practical advice and emotional support to anyone affected by problem gambling. https://www.gamblingtherapy.org/