Safer gambling

Safer gambling

There are a number of ways to keep gambling safer and avoid the risks of developing a gambling problem:

Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money

The bottom line is that gambling establishments, like land-based casinos and internet casinos, are set up to take in more money than they pay out. This means the longer you play, the more money you are likely to lose.

Always gamble with money that you can afford to lose

Gamble with money that you set aside for fun, like going to the movies or going out for drinks. Never use money that you need for important things like rent, bills, groceries, etc.

Set a money limit

Decide how much money you can afford to lose before you play. When you have lost that amount of money, quit. If you win – enjoy, but remember it won’t happen most of the time.

Set a time limit

Decide how much time you can afford to spend gambling. When you reach that time limit, stop gambling.

Don't chase losses

If you lose money, don't try to get it back by going over your limit. This usually leads to even bigger losses.

Don’t gamble when you are depressed or upset

It is hard to make good decisions about gambling when you are feeling down.

Balance gambling with other activities

It’s important to enjoy other activities so that gambling doesn’t become too big a part of your life.