Responsible Gaming - information on gambling addiction
Gambling is an enjoyable hobby to many people, but especially when money is at stake, like when betting at the bookmakers, there is an increased risk of addiction.
Addiction to gambling is often referred to as problem gambling or compulsive gambling.
As a portal focused on betting, we at BetXpert want to make our visitors aware of the risks adhered to betting on sports. If you feel that your gambling habits has gotten out of hand, and you either are in or are heading into a situation where you are losing the grip and control, we recommend you to seek professional help.
Bet only what you can afford to lose
An increasing addiction to gambling will most often show itself in the budget used for betting. If you have to stake an even higher amount all the time, or if you are getting unrealistic (high) expectations about achieving large profits through your betting, it's very often a sign that something is not as it should be.
The best recommendation to maintain control and minimize the risk of gambling addiction is simply to determine a budget used for betting, so you will only bet what you can afford to lose. Any bet, whether on football, horses, casino or poker, implies a risk of a loss. This obvious fact is generally the first thing any compulsive gambler becomes blind to.
Gambling addiction will most often have widespread consequences, with implications not just for the addicted person, but also for his family, friends and acquaintances. Clinically speaking, gambling addiction is treated as a condition characterized by repetitive episodes of gambling that dominate the person's life at the expense of social, labor and family values and general commitments. In addition to having sometimes huge economic impact, there are also severe consequences on a personal level.
It could be you...
Problem gambling can affect anyone, no matter in what area of gambling you put your money. No vertical is a safe haven. Studies from years back have documented that people who play slot machines (on casinos) are more likely to become addicted than others, but that does not mean that people with a special passion for sports betting, poker, bingo etc. is less likely to become addicted.
Rather, on the contrary, with a massive increase in the availability of gambling offers on the internet, the risks of addition are increasing dramatically from day to day. GamCare, who offer support, counselling and advice to people suffering from gambling addiction, regularly report an increasing number of cases of addictions isolated to sports betting and poker.
Below is a list of 10 questions often used by treatment organizations to determine if a case of problem gambling is prevalent. The questions center on a number of signs of significance. If your reply is "yes" to at least 4 of the 10 questions, there is every reason seek immediate help.
- Are you preoccupied with gambling, ie. are you mentally absent when you are betting or think about gambling?
- Do you need to increase your stakes to maintain the same level of excitement?
- Do you become restless or irritable when you are not gambling?
- Do you gamble to get rid of thinking about everyday problems?
- Are your gambling often motivated to win back losses?
- Do you lie to family and acquaintances to hide that you like gambling?
- Have you committed a crime, for example. theft or fraud to finance your gambling?
- Have you lost or endangered friendships, jobs or education because of gambling?
- Have you left it to others, family or institutions to bail you out of financial trouble caused by your gambling?
- Have you tried repeatedly to bring your gambling under control or to stop it completely, without any luck?
Treatment and counseling
If you recognize or even suspect that you have an gambling problem, there is good help to find several independent organizations, both in terms of advice and concrete treatment.
Since 1997, GamCare, a UK national charity, have offered free counseling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling. All support can be obtained for free and anonymous. There are other organizations offering support on problem gambling, and we have collected a short list of places to seek more information on the subject:
- GamCare: http://www.gamcare.org.uk
- Gambleaware: http://www.gambleaware.co.uk
- Gamblers Anonymous UK: https://www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk
- Stop Gambling UK: http://stop-gambling.co.uk
- NHS: http://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/cnwl-national-problem-gambling-clinic
- GamAnon: http://gamanon.org.uk