Gambling should always be treated as fun, and as a leisure activity.  If you do follow my picks, please feel free to pick and choose accordingly, and only bet what you can afford to lose. Many Internet tipsters discuss profitability and stakes at far higher than those I use, but gambling should always be responsible and within defined parameters.

If you feel that your gambling is or has gotten out of control then ask yourself the following questions:

Have others ever criticised your gambling?

Have you ever lied to cover up the amount of money or time you have gambled?

Do arguments, frustrations or disappointments make you want to gamble?

Do you gamble alone for long periods?

Do you stay away from work, college or school to gamble?

Do you gamble to escape from a boring or unhappy life?

Are you reluctant to spend ‘gambling money’ on anything else?

Have you lost interest in your family, friends or pastimes due to gambling?

After losing, do you feel you must try and win back your losses as soon as possible?

If you run out of money when gambling, do you feel lost and in despair and need to gamble again as soon as possible?

Do you gamble until your last penny is gone?

Have you lied, stolen or borrowed just to get money to gamble, or to pay gambling debts?

Do you ever feel depressed or even suicidal because of your gambling?

If you answered yes to even one of the above questions, it might be time to seek advice to be sure that you can control your gambling.

Help

The following websites offer advice and guidance. Each has links to help lines and e-mail addresses that you can contact if you would like fully confidential advice and support:

www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk
www.gambleaware.co.uk
www.gamblingtherapy.org

Managing your Gambling

It is advisable that you draw up and stick to a budget plan for your gambling expenditure – this practice is known as “bankroll management”. Even frequent gamblers will benefit from knowing exactly how much they can afford to spend, and how often. It is vital to stick to this budget, as even a small overspend could be the start of a slippery slope to financial difficulties. Never bet any more than that which you can potentially afford, and are prepared, to lose.

Why not make recovery easier? Block gambling, casino and betting web sites: Stop gambling online.

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