Gambling is a personal choice. Follow the guidelines below to keep it fun and reduce the risk of developing a gambling problem.
Social Gambling Guidelines
If you choose to gamble, do so for entertainment only.
If your gambling is no longer an enjoyable activity, ask yourself why are you still “playing”?
Treat the money you lose as the cost of your entertainment.
Winning is the exception, not the rule!
Set a dollar limit and stick to it.
Decide what you can afford to spend and don’t change your mind while playing.
Set a time limit and stick to it.
Decide how long you will gamble and leave when your time is up, even if you are winning.
Expect to lose.
The odds are that you will lose. Accept the loss as part of the game.
Make it a personal rule not to gamble on credit.
Never gamble with borrowed money or with money you can’t afford to lose.
Maintain balance in your life.
Gambling should not interfere with friends, family, work or other worthwhile activities.
Avoid “chasing” lost money.
Chances are the more you try to recoup your losses the larger your losses will be.
Don’t gamble as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain.
Gambling for reasons other than entertainment can lead to problems.
Learn about the WARNING SIGNS of problem gambling.
If you find it difficult to stay within these guidelines when gambling, click the link above to learn about the warning signs of problem gambling and take the “Self Test” to see if gambling is becoming a problem in your life.