How to Gamble Responsibly is full of advice on a wide range of
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We are also committed to helping and encouraging our readers
to gamble responsibly. This is very important to us. We believe
that gambling is a pastime that offers a great deal of fun and
enjoyment, but we are very much aware that it can become a
problem for some people.

If we could offer just one single piece of gambling related
advice, it would be to always make sure that you are in complete
control of your gambling. Furthermore, we would suggest that
anyone who isn’t confident that they can stay in control of
their actions probably should avoid gambling altogether. It’s
always better to be safe than sorry because gambling simply
isn’t the right pastime for everyone.

The majority of people are able to stay in control though,
and there are millions of people all over the world who enjoy
healthy gambling. There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy
gambling too, but please do it responsibly. We offer our top
tips for responsible gambling below, and we strongly advise that
you read and follow them.

Treat Gambling as a Form of Entertainment

Only a small percentage of gamblers are consistently
profitable. Although it’s technically possible for anyone to
make money from certain forms of gambling, it requires a lot of
time and effort to learn the necessary skills. We would never
discourage anyone from trying to do this if they were serious
about achieving their goals, but the reality is that most
gamblers are simply not committed or determined enough to be
consistent winners.

This doesn’t have to be an issue for you though. The fact of
the matter is that most people treat gambling purely as a form
of entertainment. They expect to lose money and they view their
losses simply as a cost of that entertainment. This is
absolutely the right way to approach gambling in our view, for
most people at least.

Gambling problems often stem from people expecting, or
needing, to win. This can result in frustration or anxiety when
they lose and it can cause them to wager even more money in
order to win their losses back. This can start a horrible cycle
which quickly gets out of control.

If you expect to lose, then you are far less likely to fall
into the same trap. Gambling can still be fun even when you’re
losing, as long as you are fully prepared for your losses and
don’t mind spending the money to enjoy yourself. Winning is much
more satisfying when you are expecting to lose.

If you’re
not enjoying gambling, then there isn’t much point spending your money on it. When it stops
being fun, it could be time to stop altogether.

Have a Fixed Budget to Gamble With

Perhaps the best way to avoid problems with gambling is to
allocate a fixed amount of money that you are prepared to lose
in any given period of time. If you set yourself limits and you
stick to those limits, then you should be able to enjoy your
gambling without ever getting into trouble. It doesn’t matter
whether you choose to set yourself daily limits, weekly limits,
or monthly limits. The important thing is that you do set limits
and actually follow through with them.

It’s also important that you gamble with money that you can
afford to lose. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with spending
your spare money on gambling if that’s what you want to do, but
it’s a different story if you start risking money that you need
for other things. This will often cause you to start chasing
your losses, which rarely ends well.

When you’ve spent
the money you’ve allocated for gambling, it’s time to stop. You should never
gamble outside your budget, or with money you can’t afford to lose.

Set Time Limits & Take Regular Breaks

Spending too much time on gambling can be almost as damaging
as spending too much money on it. It’s very easy for gambling to
become a habit rather than a hobby, and that can lead to further
problems in the future. Even if you’re not getting in financial
difficulty, some parts of your life will almost certainly suffer
if you choose to gamble at every possible opportunity.

Therefore, it’s important to control how much time you spend
gambling in the same way you control how much money you spend.
Gambling in your spare time is completely fine, providing you
can afford the cost, but you don’t want to let it take over your
life. It’s a good idea to put some limits in place for the
amount of time you spend on it and taking regular breaks is a
sensible option too.

If you feel
like you’re spending too much time gambling, or that other parts of your life
are being neglected, it’s time to take a break. Gambling should never control your life.

Additional Tips for Responsible Gambling

For the most part, responsible gambling is all about being
rational and disciplined. There really is no reason why it can’t
be a healthy and enjoyable pastime. If you’re lucky, you may
even win some money. You have to be aware of the risks involved
though, as gambling most certainly can become a problem if you
can’t stay in control.

This is why it’s very important that you follow the above
advice and make sure that you control your gambling rather than
it being the other way around. The following tips should help

  • Don’t gamble when drunk.
  • Avoid gambling when stressed, depressed, or upset.
  • Try to quit when you’re ahead sometimes.
  • Never borrow money to gamble with.
  • Balance your gambling with other activities.

Our final piece of advice is that you shouldn’t be afraid to
tell someone if you know, or even suspect, that gambling is
becoming a problem for you. There’s nothing to be ashamed of and
there’s no point in trying to deal with the problem on your own.
If you aren’t comfortable speaking to friends or family about
your issues then there are organizations that can help you

You should stop gambling immediately
if you ever feel like you are struggling to stay in control and/or unable to gamble
responsibly. If you find it difficult to stop, or think you may be addicted, it’s time
to seek help. The following article offers information and advice on dealing with a gambling content-card.