Gambling is fun. No doubt about it.
It was around when the first caveman turned to the next caveman and went:
“I bet you two mammoth teeth you can’t ride that saber tooth for longer than one minute.”
Awful metaphors aside, we are firm believers in responsible gambling. That means viewing gambling as a form of entertainment, paying for the game and the experience, but not necessarily the win. Enjoy the game, the excitement and the occasional hit, but know that in the long run, the house always wins.
And winning is part of the excitement of gambling. And the rush and thrill of winning can be addictive. Gambling starts to become a problem when people stop playing for fun and it becomes a compulsion, often to the detriment of their lives and those around them.
It’s impossible to say exactly what a problem gambler is, it varies from person to person. Be aware of your behaviour and any changes that occur. More importantly, be on the lookout for the changing behaviour of friends who may have addictions themselves. Help if you can.
If you or someone you know are having problems with gambling, get help immediately.
There are many local and international associations and foundations which have been put in place in order to people with gambling problems, many of them anonymous.
There are too many to list them but some international name include: gamblersanonymous.org, responsiblegambling.org and gamtalk.org. Some recommended national foundations which we can recommend are ncpgambling.org, problemgambling.vic.gov.au, gamcare.co.uk, problemgambling.ca and choicenotchance.org.nz.
If you know of any other reputable organisation helping problem gamblers let us know.
And remember, gambling is meant to be fun. If it stops being fun, start talking.