Camelot has worked with GamCare to develop policies and practices that address problem gambling. Whilst the majority of people play within their means, a few may find it difficult. Always consider the following.
- You're buying fun, not investing your money.
- Before playing, set strict limits on how much time and money you're going to spend.
- Quit while you're ahead.
- Only gamble with money you can afford to lose.
- Don't spend more money on gambling with the hope to win back money that you have lost.
- Keep up other interests and hobbies — don't let gambling take over your life.
- Don't gamble in order to escape from stress or boredom.
- Gambling in moderation is okay.
- The key is…if you choose to gamble, gamble responsibly!
If you're concerned that gambling may be playing too large a part in your life (or someone else's), the following questions may help you to decide if you have a problem.
- Do you skip work or college to gamble?
- Do you gamble to escape from a boring or unhappy life?
- If you run out of money whilst gambling, do you feel desperate and feel the need to gamble again as soon as possible?
- Do you gamble until your last penny is gone, even money you need for essentials?
- Have you ever lied to cover up the amount of money or time that you have gambled?
- Have others ever criticised your gambling?
- Have you lied, stolen or borrowed just to get money to gamble or to pay gambling debts?
- Are you reluctant to spend money on anything else?
The more questions to which you answered yes, the more likely you are to have a serious gambling problem. To speak to someone in confidence contact GamCare on 0808 8020 133 or visit the GamCare website.
Gambling can be great fun, but it's also important to know when to stop and what the danger signs are. So we've produced a guide to sensible gambling to help you stay informed, whether you're a parent, concerned about a friend or worried about your own gambling.