Think about these tips before you gamble.
Planning can go a long way to reducing your harms when gambling.
Think about why you are going to gamble.Is it for fun? If you’re gambling to escape problems, you’re more likely to experience harm from gambling and you might find it harder to stick to the suggested limits.
Stick to your entertainment or “fun-money” budget.Keep in mind how much money you are able to spend overall on entertainment when deciding how much spend on gambling.
Think about the types of games you’ll be playing.
Some types of gambling naturally increase the potential for causing harm to you.
- Types of gambling like slot machines or online poker, are fast-paced, involve frequent betting and encourage you to play more often and for longer periods of time which means you are more likely to spend more money.
- Gambling such as lottery or raffle tickets are slower paced, less intense and involve less spending. Someone might a buy a ticket weekly or monthly.