Advice for safer gambling

Following these tips can help you to stay safe when gambling:

  1. Don't use gambling to make money Think of gambling as an entertainment expense – like paying for the cinema or ten pin bowling.
  2. Set a money limit in advance Decide how much you can afford to spend before you play. When it's gone – it’s gone! If you win, you've been lucky, but don't exceed your spending limit in hopes that your luck will change.
  3. Never chase your losses If you have spent your set budget, and then try to win some of it back before you leave, then you haven't actually set yourself a limit. Chasing your losses will usually just lead to bigger losses.
  4. Set yourself a time limit It's easy to lose track of time when you're gambling. Set a time limit or alarm to remind you it’s time to stop!
  5. Don't gamble when you're feeling 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. Do not use gambling to escape from negative feelings or situations.
  6. Take regular breaks Gambling continuously can cause you to lose track of time and perspective. Break it up with a cup of tea or some fresh air at regular intervals.
  7. Don't drink when gambling Alcohol clouds judgment and can lead to a lack of awareness and control.
  8. Balance gambling with other activities When gambling becomes your only form of entertainment or hobby, it's unlikely that you're still just gambling for the fun of it. Take a step back and ask yourself, is my gambling becoming an addition.