Gamble aware is a site dedicated to letting you know what gambling is, the risks associated with it and how to stay out of the addictive cycle of irresponsible gambling. It outlines some very basic topics including how it works and how to see past the many myths associated with it.
Any form of entertainment costs money it is just that this one can also win you money. And that is the thrill of the game. Winning is not a given, it is a bonus. When you choose to gamble, fit it into your entertainment budget.
Gambling is about winning, there is no question about that. It is also about fun and of course the more you win the more fun you have. But there is no room to be a sore loser because regardless of the fun element in gambling there is also a major risk factor to consider. It is the risk, the taking a chance that you might just lose everything that makes you feel daring and full of life. It gives you an adrenaline rush that can become addictive and can cause you to act irresponsibly.
Each risk that we take in the course of daily life involves some level of calculation that the outcome falls in your favor. This is with the exception of gambling. There is no such thing as a calculated risk. All bets made are placed on the likelihood of your prediction. Even skill wagers are based on chance and luck since skilled games are generally played against other players and your win is determined by the likelihood of their bet.
Here are a few tips to keep the fun in the game:
The sooner you realize that there may be a problem do not ignore it. Gambling is an expressive outlet for other issues that can easily be dealt with. Talk to a professional who can help you with the loss of finances or the triggers. Speak to someone who knows what to do. Gamble Aware lists many ways in which you can get the assistance you need.
Gamblers Anonymous – www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk
National Debt Line – www.nationaldebtline.co.uk
Gam-Anon – www.gamanon.org.uk
Gambling Commission – www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk