Some tips for minimising harm while actively gambling
Here is some simple advice, if you are gambling:
- Only bet in a bricks-and-mortar ‘bookies’ shop or casino. Steer clear of online gambling, which is open 24/7/365. At least a physical outlet will close at some point.
- Only bring the exact amount of money you are prepared to lose, with you to the gambling outlet.
- If you are gambling online, keep your deposit limit at a manageable level in relation to your expendable income.
- Never bet more than you can afford to lose. In other words – don’t put this week’s rent on a horse or a football team.
- Never “chase your losses”. Nobody has ever gambled their way out of their gambling problem.
- Try not to gamble when under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Your impulse control is decreased and you could end up making rash choices.
- Don’t gamble when you’re feeling depressed or anxious. Gambling is most definitely not a cure for these issues and can often make things worse.
- Try not to view gambling as a money-making enterprise. For the vast, vast majority of people, it isn't.