What's the Scenario?
Do you have guidelines you set for yourself when it comes to gambling?
Sam Savings Samantha

Savings Sam
"I always plan in advance. Determining how much I am going to gamble with ahead of time gives me a concrete number, so I know exactly when to stop. Even if I am watching friends play, I enjoy socializing."
Bonnie Balanced Bonnie

Balanced Bonnie
"I give myself a ballpark figure of what I'd like to spend. I admit to getting caught up in the excitement every now and again. But, if I overspend my gambling budget, I understand I will have to cut back on other things to make ends meet."
Ian Impulsive Irene

Impulsive Ian
"I always have a credit card with me just in case I run out of money but want to play longer."

 

Part I

You can establish your own limits and provide direction to others by developing a set of personal guidelines to determine whether, when and how much to gamble.

  1. The decision to gamble is a personal choice. No one should feel pressure to gamble, or feel that he or she must gamble to be accepted.

  2. Gambling is not essential for having a good time. Gambling should not be perceived as necessary for having fun and being with friends.

  3. What constitutes an acceptable loss needs to be established before starting to gamble. Any money spent on gambling should be considered the cost of entertainment; people should only gamble with money they can afford to lose. For those who choose to gamble, it is essential to know when to stop.

  4. Borrowing money to gamble should be avoided and discouraged. Borrowing money from a friend, relative or any other source of funds with the intention of repaying with gambling winnings is always high-risk and inappropriate.

  5. There are times when people should not gamble. Never gamble when under the legal gambling age; or when it interferes with work or family responsibilities; when the form of gambling is illegal; when gambling is prohibited by organizational policy; or when trying to make up for prior gambling losses ("chasing" losses). Be cautious about gambling when in recovery for addictive disorders or dependencies.

  6. There are certain high-risk situations during which gambling should be avoided. Avoid gambling when feeling lonely, angry, depressed or under stress; when coping with the death of a loved one; to solve personal or family problems; or to impress others.

  7. Excessive use of alcohol when gambling can be risky. Irresponsible alcohol use can affect a person’s judgment and interfere with the ability to control gambling and adhere to predetermined limits.

Source: Keeping It Fun: A Guide to Responsible Gaming

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