Gambling addiction is a very serious problem and the betting industry has made great strides on tackling the issue in recent years. The boom in online gambling has made it easier than ever before for addicted gamblers to feed their habit but there are steps which can be taken.
The adage that “prevention is better than a cure” is particularly apt. Gambling is essentially a form of entertainment and should be treated as such. You should apply similar or more stringent restrictions on your gambling as you do your household budget. Bet only what you can afford without it impacting on your essential day-to-day expenditure.
One of the golden rules of gambling is never chase your losses. It is great when you win but there will inevitably be plenty of days when your luck is out. You must learn to accept it and walk away. Gambling is only fun when you balance it with other forms of entertainment. Whether it is a flutter on the horses or online casino, it is fine in moderation. However, you don’t want to become obsessed with it and make it a priority at the expense of your friends or family.
If you take your betting seriously, take the time to keep records. If you gamble online, all your bets are recorded for you and it is a simple process to keep a check on your profit or loss. Even a High Street gambler should be able to spare a few moments of their time to jot down their bets on a daily or weekly basis. It is a good idea to set yourself a limit, or a fixed amount of “spare money” that you can safely afford to spend on gambling.
For many punters, having a bet is an essential part of the experience of going racing or even watching the football. If you stay within your limits, there is no reason why you cannot continue to enjoy your gambling. If you think that you may have a problem, there are several options open to you. You can limit or even close online accounts, ask your friends or family for assistance or seek professional help online or on the telephone.
All leading gambling sites now provide access to immediate assistance for those experiencing difficulties with their betting. K8 is directly linked to begambleaware.org from the main page, a site which provides live and confidential help. There is also a wealth of information on the site to assist you with any concerns that you may have over your gambling experience. Alternatively you can call the National Gambling Helpline Freephone on 0808 8020 133.