Gambling should be treated as a pleasure and should NEVER be seen as a way to earn money. Whilst many people do gamble within their means, for others gambling can become difficult to control. To help you remain in control of your gambling, it’s good to remember;
- Keep track of your spending and maintain a budget
- Only use funds you can afford to lose (or are happy to use to gamble without resulting in unpaid bills or debts)
- Avoid chasing your losses
- To help manage your spending, add a deposit limit to your account
- You can always take a break. Check out the “Account Closure” section of the casino site you are playing at.
- It is ok to talk about your gambling.
If your gambling affects your mood, if you are gambling in secret or if gambling is having any other detrimental effect on your lifestyle, livelihood and/or home/work life, it is possible you may have a gambling problem, or may need to seek advice on managing your gambling.
Choose your country
Get Help (Canada)
If you are in need of support for problem gambling, it is important to talk to someone about this. Several organisations that we can recommend for help are:
Gambling Therapy is a free, global online service offering practical advice and emotional support to anyone affected by problem gambling.
Want to share your experience with someone online? Visit GamTalk to connect with people who have been through this before.
Here you can find a full list of the organizations that provide gambling help for Canadians:
List of the Gambling Help Organizations in Canada
Call a Help Line (Canada)
- Alberta Problem Gambling Resources Network
- British Columbia Problem Gambling Help Line
- Quebec Gambling: Help and Referral
- Manitoba Addictions Help Line – Problem Gambling
- Newfoundland Problem Gambling Help Line
- New Brunswick Gambling Information Line
- Northwest Territories General Help Line
- Nova Scotia Problem Gambling Help Line
- Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line
- Ontario ConnexOntario Help Line
- Prince Edward Island Problem Gambling Help Line
- Saskatchewan Problem Gambling Helpline
- Yukon Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services
Get Help (New Zealand)
If feel you need a support for problem gambling, it is important to talk to someone about this. Here are several organisations that we can recommend for help:
Visit PGF Services
PGF Services provide free counselling, advice and support to gamblers and their families, working to ensure that support for our Māori clients fits a kaupapa Māori way of working.
Get Help (South Africa)
For some people gambling can change from being an entertaining and pleasurable activity and become a problem. When that happens, gambling becomes too important in a person’s life and hurt their social and financial well-being, excluding him/herself from their family and their friends to focus on gambling. Here are the organizations we recommend if you need help with problem gambling in south Africa:
Visit South African Responsible Gambling Foundation
The Responsible gambling Foundation has the mission to grow awareness of responsible gambling and to ensure that the potential negative and harmful effects of gambling are managed and minimised through an integrated and well managed programme of problem gambling prevention.
Get Help (UK)
Being a compulsive gambler can harm your health and relationships, and leave you in serious debt. If you have a problem with gambling and you’d like to stop, support and treatment is available. When you feel you need help it’s time to talk to someone. Here are some organizations that provide help wit solving gambling problems:
GamCare offers free information, support and counselling for problem gamblers in the UK. It runs the National Gambling Helpline (0808 8020 133) and also offers face-to-face counselling.
BeGambleAware organization offers free, confidential help and support to anyone who’s worried about their – or someone else’s – gambling.
Visit Gamblers Anonymous UK
Gamblers Anonymous UK Gamblers Anonymous UK runs local support groups that use the same 12-step approach to recovery from addiction as Alcoholics Anonymous. There are also GamAnon support groups for friends and family
Get Help (Finland)
Gambling is part of everyday life in Finland and traditionally considered to be a source of fun for the whole country. However, gambling may cause problems and become excessive, which is why it is important to prevent the harmful effects of gambling. We recommend seeking help from these organizations:
Peluuri’s helpline is open every weekday from 12 noon to 6 pm. Peluuri’s chat is open mon, wed, fri from 12 noon to 3 pm. Their services are free and confidential and in English if possible.
If your gambling becomes a problem it’s time to seek help. A good place to start is visiting the international gambling helplines lists:
Visit GamblersAnonymous.org List of County Helplines
Visit EuropeanCasinoAssosiation.org list of EU helplines