This chapter devoted to Responsible Gaming is offered to you by ADICTEL, the benchmark mechanism that helps excessive gamblers.
Are you a compulsive gambler ?
Keep an eye on your wallet and those you love.
Gambling is a form of entertainment. Some gamblers lose sight of this notion and see gambling as a way to make money. Thinking they have more luck or discernment than other people, they often fall into a vicious circle, where they place bigger and bigger bets to make up for the losses they have accumulated. That is what is called ‘compulsive gambling’.
questions to recognize a compulsive gambler :
- Do you sometimes bet more money than you have in your wallet ?
- Have you already gambled in order to pay off debts or resolve a financial problem ?
- Do you often exceed the gambling time you had previously set for yourself ?
- Do you leave your children on their own or with friends or relations for long periods of time in order to have more time for gambling ?
- Do you gamble with money set aside to pay for necessities (rent, clothes, food, etc.) ?
- Do you feel as though you have to gamble to be able to spend time with friends/relatives ?
- Do you neglect your family responsibilities in order to gamble ?
- When with friends/relatives, at work, or with other people, do you think about gambling ?
- Do you consider gambling to be a way of earning a living ?
- Have you already considered stopping gambling ?
- When you lose, do you immediately feel the need to ‘have another go’ ?
- Do you consume more alcohol, sedatives or sleeping pills since you began gambling ?
Being a responsible gamer means having a good time and experiencing the sensations that come from placing a bet, from good luck, and believing in your lucky star, without becoming addicted to gambling and risking your financial health. Responsible gamers are careful to choose how they spend their time and money, and where to do so. They control their gambling.
Advice for ‘Responsible Gaming’ :
- Decide on the amount of money you are going to gamble over a determined period, and stick to it.
- Only play for the pleasure of trying your luck and not for profit.
- Protect yourself from financial risk, so you stay in control.
- Never borrow money from friends and relatives or from financial institutions to gamble.
- During a gambling session, take regular breaks to avoid getting carried away.
- Alternate gambling with other activities.
- Avoid gambling during periods of stress, depression, anxiety, etc.
- Do not gamble under the influence of alcohol or psychotropic medicines.
- Only gamble with money set aside for leisure activities, never money for essential expenses (rent, electricity, heating, etc.).
- Find another way of escaping your problems than gambling.
If you think you are a gambler at risk, contact ADICTEL, for help that is totally free of charge (available 24hrs a day – 7 days a week). Adictel helps 10,000 gamblers every year.