Responsible - not so responsible gambling

Most people see gambling as just another form of fun. They are happy to spend a small amount on gambling in the same way they might spend money at the footy or a nightclub.

A responsible gambler:

  • Sees gambling as fun and not an income.
  • Doesn't take gambling too seriously.
  • Sets limits on the amount of money they bet.
  • Keeps control by sticking to their limits.
  • Does not borrow money to bet.
  • Sets time and money limits on their gambling.
  • Recognises that winning is unlikely and doesn't chase wins.
  • Balances gambling with other interests, like friends, family and hobbies.
Some people who gamble begin to look at gambling as a way of making money or to pay bills. This can become a problem.

Signs of problem gambling are:

  • Continuing to gamble to win back losses.
  • Feeling guilt, anxiety or stress about gambling.
  • Gambling to escape stress or other problems.
  • Lying to cover up gambling.
  • Gambling on your own.
  • Betting more than you can afford to lose.
  • Borrowing money to keep gambling.
  • Gambling with money set aside for food or bills.
  • Gambling instead of going to school or work.
  • Preferring to gamble rather than spending time with your family and friends.
  • Committing a crime in order to keep on gambling.

By reading the signs of problem gambling you may feel that you have a gambling problem. There are things that you can do to help yourself control your gambling.

If you would like more information about how to help yourself visit our "Help Yourself" webpage.