Here are some tips that will help you realise how risky gambling can be. And if you do decide to gamble, keeping all of these in mind will help you do it more safely. You might think they’re obvious points, but so many people lose sight of them when they get sucked into a game.
- Gambling isn’t an investment for your money, you’re actually buying entertainment.
- Treat it as a fun activity or social event, not as a way to earn money.
- Don’t gamble because you feel pressured or to impress your friends.
- Understand the odds of the game you’re playing and how it works.
- Gambling games are always designed so that the odds are in favour of the provider and against the player.
- Have fun, but give yourself a limit of how long you want to gamble for and how much you want to spend. Gambling all day long and going home with nothing is depressing.
- You have to accept that losing is part of the game and don’t feel hard done by – it’s your choice to spend your money on gambling games, so you’ve not been cheated if it belongs to someone else at the end.
- Only gamble with money that you can afford to lose, and don’t gamble to try and make money or to pay back debts.
- Never borrow money to gamble with, and always keep track of what you’ve spent.
- Gambling because you’re feeling stressed or bored can lead to you feeling even more stressed, frustrated and down.
- It can take over your life! Keep up with other hobbies, interests and responsibilities, and make time for your friends, family and other people around you.