Responsible Gambling - Manage your gambling

Gambling becomes a problem before most people realize what has happened, which is why all gamblers must monitor themselves and watch for the warning signs. Betting has a golden rule: Never gamble more than you can afford to lose. This is why every bettor should operate within the structure of a budget. An increasingly strong desire to go over budget is a good indication that a problem is forming.

Gamblers, even casual ones, should budget their entire finances. All money budgeted to the gambling bankroll should come out of an entertainment super-category. This way, if you want to gamble more or have gambled too much, you’re sacrificing dates, dinners, drinks, movies and video games, which are all a better alternative to sacrificing rent or some other vital bill or having to skip a meal.

Once you have the structure of a budget, take it a step further by maintaining a gambling journal. Make a note each time you play indicating how much you’ve lost or how much you’ve won. Over time, patterns will form. Perhaps you can glean something from those patterns. Even a perfectly healthy gambler can use them to identify his or her strengths and then emphasize them going forward.

Wagering more than one has isn’t the only sign of addiction. Gambling addicts are a lot like alcoholics in that they can’t stop thinking about it and they can’t stand the thought of a day off. Can you go an entire day without gambling? Can you place a single bet, such as a slot spin, and then walk away for the rest of the day? If you can’t truthfully answer yes to those questions, then you may have a real problem.

Manage your money. Manage you time. Monitor your relationships. Is your gambling cutting into time you should be spending with your family and friends? Have you started to argue with your wife or husband about your gambling? Have you begun to lose interest in other things that you used to love? These are the classic signs of gambling addiction, and they should inspire you to seek help right away.



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