How to play responsibly
The world of gambling and betting offers a great way to have fun and enjoy your leisure. It can be fascinating, but at the same time very dangerous and unpredictable. Therefore, it is of high importance to not forget and responsibly follow the given rules. The chance to win some money is just a nice extra bonus, not the goal of playing or betting. Always remember, play responsibly and safe.
What are the basic rules of responsible gaming?
- Eighteen is the minimum!
Of course, the most basic rule is being at least 18 years old. If you are younger, congrats, but play only when you reach the legal age.
- Have fun.
Remember, gaming or betting is a form of entertainment, not earnings.
- Choose carefully.
Choose casinos, online casinos or bookmakers to play legally and according to clear rules.
Always read the rules of the game, the bookmaker or the casino thoroughly before you start playing, so that you are not unpleasantly surprised.
- Set your limits.
Determine the exact amount of money that you can afford to lose, and do not exceed it.
- Don’t bet money for your living.
Do not use money which is to be used for your rent, bills, food or other necessities.
- Remember that you can lose.
Whether you want or not, as much as you can win, you can unfortunately lose as well.
- Feel the reality.
Never play under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other narcotics.
- Do not forget to rest.
Watch your time and take regular breaks while playing. Think of your personal life and other fun.
- Don’t play if you’re…
… upset, depressed or tired. With a clear head you will make far more right decisions.
Do you suspect gambling addiction?
Have you fallen for the magic of gambling and betting more than is healthy? Can’t you stop, do you lie to your loved ones, or spend money you no longer have? Unfortunately, you have most likely become a pathological gambler. What is the best way to find out that you or someone close to you is addicted to gambling?
There are many ways of diagnosing pathological gambling to help you identify when a problem is actually occurring. Let’s have a look at few:
- Questionnaire from Gamblers Anonymous
One of the largest pathological gambling organizations in the world has developed a simple 20-questions questionnaire to answer “yes” or “no”. The evaluation is very simple, if you answer at least 7 times yes, you really have a problem. However, it is only a guide and not an official diagnosis.
- Diagnosis DSM-5
For the official diagnosis of gambling disorders the most commonly used method is DSM-5, which uses several criteria. See the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) for a detailed description and explanation.
- Self-assessment tools
Many self-assessment tools are available to determine whether or not you are experiencing gambling addiction. Examples of the most famous ones:
- questions from Gambling Therapy,
- GamCare tool,
- or BeGambleAware.
How to deal with gambling addiction?
Have you tried various self-assessment tests, tools or aids to see if you are really a pathological gambler and the outcome is more than clear? Don’t worry, there are many ways to overcome a gambling addiction. Maybe you can do it yourself or with the help of your friends and family. However, the best and most effective solution is to seek professional help.
Contact specialized organizations to free yourself from the vicious circle and become independent again.
Remember: Gambling and betting are all about fun, control and safety. Be careful, play responsibly and enjoy it.