Are you a compulsive gambler?

The danger of gambling is that bettors can lose sight of the fact that they are only playing for pleasure. They run the risk of thinking of the game as a way of earning money, thinking they have better luck or insight than others. This may be true, but it runs the risk of becoming a vicious circle, where the player tries to recoup his or her losses by playing longer.

These questions may help you recognize the problems associated with ‘compulsive gambling’:

  • Do you sometimes bet more money than you have in your wallet?
  • Did you come to poker to repay debts or to fix a money problem?
  • Do you often play longer than you intended to?
  • Do you leave your children alone or with relatives for longer periods of time in order to have time for gambling?
  • Do you gamble with money you need to pay for your basic needs? (Rent, clothing, food, etc.) ?
  • Do you have the feeling you need to gamble to spend time with people you love?
  • Do you neglect your family responsibilities in order to gamble?
  • When you are with your relatives, at work, or in company, are you constantly thinking of the game?
  • Do you consider gambling as a way of making a living?
  • Have you ever imagined quitting gambling?
  • If you lose at gambling, do you immediately want to ‘make it up’?
  • Have your consumption of alcohol, tranquilizers, or sleeping pills increased since you have been gambling?

Some advice for ‘responsible gambling’

For many people, gambling is a source of pleasure and a good way to have fun, because gambling with money, placing it at risk, betting on their lucky stars ... induces agreeable sensations.

They are thus careful to choose how to spend their time and money, and where to do it.

Here is how most people gamble responsibly:

  • They decide on a maximum loss over a given time, and stick to it.
  • Never play to win cost for cost, but for the pleasure of taking a chance.
  • Gamble while taking limited financial risk, which infinitely reduces your chance of ‘losing control’. The key to less risky gambling is to understand that it's ‘just a game’.
  • Never borrow money to gamble from relatives or financial organizations.
  • Set limited periods.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Alternate gambling with other activities.
  • Don't gamble during period of trouble, great stress, depression, or in a confused state,
  • Avoid gambling under the influence of alcohol or psychotropic medications.
  • Gamble only with money dedicated to leisure, never with money for essential expenses (rent, electricity, heat, etc.)
  • Don't see the game as an escape from your daily or psychological problems.

If you are a gambler with a habit or are in trouble due to excessive gambling, you can turn to ADICTEL for help totally free of charge from a landline (service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

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