Stop Gambling becoming a Problem
For most people gambling is a fun and exciting recreational pursuit. For others it may become a problem with devastating consequences for them, their friends and families. We hope you enjoy your gambling experiences. We want you to keep in control of your gambling and to not allow your gambling to control you.
If you are concerned about your gambling there are a number of useful guidelines to consider:
- Establish limits for the amounts you want to bet or deposit.
- Keep an eye on the time – consider how long you wish any betting session to last before commencing.
- Don’t let gambling interfere with your day-to-day responsibilities.
- If you are in recovery for any form of dependency or if you are under the influence of alcohol or any other substance, including some prescription medication then gambling is not advised. We recommend that you consult your GP for more information.
- Gambling is a form of recreation and should not be viewed as an alternative source of income or a way to recoup debt.
Signs that I am developing a Problem?
Recognising that you may be developing a gambling problem is the first step to regaining control.
- Avoid chasing losses
- Only bet what you can afford to lose
- Keep track of the amount you spend gambling and the time
- Gambling should not be seen as a way of making money, it should be entertainment
Who can you talk to?
Confidential counselling and help is to hand, with counsellors who understand that you need a safe place to get information about problem gambling while maintaining your anonymity. They appreciate that picking up the phone can be the first, but hardest step you can take toward finding a solution to your gambling problem. If you need to talk to someone about any concerns you may have with your gambling, please contact one of the organisations detailed below.
- Call 1800 858 858. Australian National 1800 Gambling Helpline – a hotline for problem gamblers and their families. Provides the ability to speak directly with someone locally, irrespective of where in Australia they are calling from.
- www.gamblinghelponline.org.au – The National Gambling Help Website – This is an online facility for help.
- www.relationships.com.au – Relationships Australia – Provides a range of support to problem gamblers and their families.
- www.gansw.org.au – Gamblers Anonymous – This is a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problems and help other compulsive gamblers do the same.
- 1800 633 635 G-Line Helpline – Free Call . Offers counselling for problem gambling in NSW.