Gambling is betting money or something of value on a random event. If you win you get the prize and if you lose you suffer the loss.
While many people gamble for pleasure, for others it becomes a problem that affects health, relationships and work performance. It can lead to serious debt and even homelessness. It is also known to contribute to suicide.
If you’re concerned about the gambling habits of someone you know or are worried you have a gambling problem yourself, speak to our helpline. It’s free, confidential and available 24/7.
It is important to set money and time limits for your gambling. Only gamble with disposable income and never with money that you need to pay bills or rent. It is also helpful to avoid games that you don’t understand. Remember that luck is a big part of gambling. You’re much more likely to win if you play simple games that you know well.
Identify what triggers your gambling and try to find healthier ways of relieving boredom or unpleasant emotions. You can do this by exercising, spending time with friends who don’t gamble, or by using relaxation techniques. It’s also worth considering addressing any mood disorders that might be contributing to your gambling problem, such as depression or stress. This can help to stop the cycle of compulsive gambling and improve your quality of life.