Here are some tips on how to stay in control and gamble more safely:

  • Don't think of gambling as a way to make money. It should be used for fun and entertainment purposes only!
  • Only gamble with money you can afford to lose. Don't gamble with money that you need for rent and bills.
  • Set a money limit in advance - decide how much you can afford to lose before you go to play. When it's gone - step away. You can set a spending limit with online gambling sites. The sites will alert you when you've reached your limit, and can lock you out for a short time to make sure you don't stake any more.
  • Set a time limit in advance - It's easy to lose track of time when you're gambling. Set a time limit or alarm, and when time's up - stop.
  • Never chase your losses. Chasing your losses will usually just lead to bigger and bigger losses.
  • Don't gamble when you're depressed or upset. Make sure you only gamble when you're happy and clear headed.
  • Balance gambling with other activites. Make sure gambling isn't your only pastime.
  • Take frequent breaks and make sure to get some air or a bite to eat at regular intervals.
  • Don't drink or use drugs when gambling - good judgement stands as your main line of defence against letting gamblling get out of control

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