Responsible Gambling

How to Gamble Responsibly

Here are some key tips to help you gamble responsibly:

  • Treat gambling as a source of entertainment rather than a source of income;
  • Never gamble outside of your means;
  • Set a money limit for each game in advance;
  • Never chase your losses;
  • Try to take regular breaks between games that you play;
  • Avoid gambling when drinking alcohol;
  • Do not gamble when you are depressed, angry or upset;
  • Try to gamble from a position of knowledge;
  • Do not let gambling interfere with daily responsiblities;
  • Make sure gambling is not your only interest or hobby;
  • Keep track of the time and money spent;
  • If you feel that you are addicted from gambling, self-exclude yourself;
  • Set yourself a time limit before you start gambling and stick to it. Set an alarm;
  • Don’t turn to gambling as an alternative source of income or a way to pay back a debt;
  • For more information on how to gamble safely and on dealing with gambling problems, seek help at BeGambleAwareGamblers AnonymousGamCare and Gam-Anon.

What are the Signs of Problem Gambling?

The following questions can help identify when your gambling behaviour has become a concern:

  • Do you stay away from work or college to gamble?
  • Do you gamble to escape from problems in your life (boredom, unhappy home life, etc.)?
  • If you run out of money when you’re gambling, do you feel lost and in despair and want to find money to gamble again as soon as possible?
  • After losing, do you feel you must try and win back your losses as soon as possible?
  • Have you lied, stolen or borrowed to get money to gamble or pay gambling debts?
  • Have you ever lied to cover up the amount of money or time you’ve spent gambling?
  • Do you gamble until your last penny is gone, even if it’s for your bus fare home or for food?
  • Are you getting into debt because of gambling?
  • Have others ever criticized your gambling behavior?
  • Are you reluctant to spend “gambling money” on anything else?
  • Have you lost interest in your family, friends or other interests/hobby?
  • Do you put gambling before your family and other loved ones?
  • Do arguments, frustrations or disappointments make you want to gamble more?
  • Do you feel depressed or suicidal because of your gambling?

If you answer “yes” to any of the above, please contact: BeGambleAwareGamblers AnonymousGamCare and Gam-Anon.

Main Gambling Organizations

Gambling Addiction OrganizationsWebsiteCountry
BeGambleAware UK
GamCare UK
Gamblers Anonymous UK
Gambling Therapy UK
Gam-Anon UK
Gordon House Association UK
CNWL National Problem Gambling UK
Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) Canada
British Columbia Partnership for Responsible Gambling Canada
Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline Canada
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Canada
Problem Gambling Foundation Canada
Canada Safety Council Canada
The Ministry of Health New Zealand
Gambling Helpline New Zealand New Zealand
ChoiceNotChance New Zealand
Problem Gambling Foundation New Zealand
The National Problem Gambling Helpline Network US
1 800 Gambler US
Australia Gambling Help Australia
GamblersHelp Australia
South African Responsible Gambling Foundation South Africa
Gamblers Anonymous Ireland Ireland
Danish Gambling Authority Denmark
Adictel Prevention Addiction France
Gluecksspielsucht Germany
Careplay Switzerland
Responsible Gambling Foundation Malta
AGOG Netherlands
Hjelpelinjen Norway
Stödlinjen Sweden
Caritas Addicted Gamblers Counseling Centre Hong Kong

Ogranizations that test and certificate fairness

iTech Labs
Gaming Associates
BMM Testlabs