Gamble more safely
The first step to managing your gambling is to put safeguards in place wherever needed. Which of these 8 tips could make a difference to your gambling?
1. Get a handle on how you gamble
Everyone is different. Some people place a bet on the Melbourne Cup once a year. Others bet a few times a week. For some people, gambling is a fun and harmless pastime. For others, it can cause serious problems. So what’s your style? Understand your own gambling and what works for you.
2. Set limits on how much you bet
- If you’re planning to gamble in a casino, club or pub, leave your bank and credit cards at home and only take cash you can afford to lose or are happy to spend.
- If you’re gambling online, you can set limits on how much you can deposit into your account, minimum time between deposits and how much you can bet.
- Your bank can help control what you spend on gambling through spending trackers on banking apps and activity statements, or setting transaction limits.
3. Make sure you’re informed
4. Have a game plan
Set your limits before you start and walk away once you reach them. Don’t chase your losses. Set a time limit on how long you want to gamble and stick to it.
5. Don’t get caught up in the moment
It can be hard to stop when your friends are betting big and egging you on. Resolve to not get swept along. Stand firm and ignore peer pressure.
6. Use social support
If you tell your friends what your limits are, you’ll be more likely to stick to them. Having a support network can help if gambling is becoming a problem for you.
7. Get balance in your life
Balance is important in all aspects of life, so make sure gambling is balanced with other activities. If you can do this, you can reduce your focus on gambling. It may be easier to keep the money and time you spend on gambling in check.
8. If you need help, ask
If you’re worried about how gambling is affecting you, there’s no shame in reaching out. GambleAware is here for you with free, confidential support 24/7, and it could change your life. You can talk to someone over the phone, online or face to face.