Signs of a gambling problem
If you believe that you may have a gambling problem, try asking yourself these questions:
- Do you gamble for more than you can afford to lose?
- Do you need to play with larger amounts of money to get the same feeling of excitement?
- Have you tried to win back money you have lost?
- Have you sold anything or borrowed money in order to fund your gambling?
- Have you wondered whether you have a gambling problem?
- Has your gambling caused you any health problems, including anxiety?
- Have other people told you that you have a gambling problem?
- Has your gambling caused any financial problems for you or your household?
- Have you ever felt guilty about the way you gamble?
We also recommend taking the free “Do I have a gambling problem?” self-assessment test on the BeGambleAware website. The quiz is confidential and contains 9 quick questions.
Useful tools at online casinos
All online casinos with a UK gambling license offer various responsible gambling tools. These tools can help you control how much you deposit and play. Below are some of the options you can find at most casinos.
Deposit limits: You can set a daily, weekly or monthly deposit limit. Once the limit has been reached, you will not be able to make another deposit until the time has elapsed.
Reality checks: Reality checks help you to keep track of how much time and money you have spent by sending you reminders.
Time-outs: Set a time-out to close your account for a specific time period.
Self-exclusion: If you want to close your account for a longer period or indefinitely, use the self-exclusion option.
Transaction history: Casinos allow you to see how much you have deposited and withdrawn during any given period.
Steps that can help you gamble responsibly
It is important to be aware of your gambling habits. In this section, we have listed some steps and advice that can help you keep track of how much you gamble.
- Keep track of your results: It is a good idea to keep track of your winnings and losses. Use a writing program, spreadsheet, or diary and write down your deposits and withdrawals. This will make it easier to see how much you play.
- Take regular breaks: It is important to take plenty of breaks when you play. Go for a walk or do something else to clear your head.
- Use responsible gambling tools: Make use of the responsible gambling tools listed earlier on this website. Deposit limits and time-outs are useful tools.
- Set a loss limit: Always set a loss limit before you start playing. While it can be tempting to make more deposits after losing, you should stop once you have reached your limit. You can also set a deposit limit on your player account.
- Don’t gamble when you’re upset or depressed: Do not gamble if you don’t have a clear head.
- Prevent yourself from gambling: If all else fails, you should not gamble at all. There are free tools that can block gambling websites. Seek help if you feel that you can’t control your gambling.
What to remember
Responsible gambling is one of our core values, and we want to give our readers some valuable tips and advice. Whether you are a new or experienced casino player, you should always keep these points in mind when you gamble:
Gambling is entertainment, not a way to make money. The casinos have the edge over the players, and you are more likely to lose than to win. Never play with money you can’t afford to lose, and don’t think of gambling as a way to make quick money.
Never chase your losses. It can be difficult to stop playing after losing, and you might be tempted to make another deposit and win your money back. However, you should accept your losses and never try to win back what you have lost.
Help, resources and tools
These are websites and resources that offer help and more information about online gambling.
Freephone 24-7 National Gambling Helpline: 0808 8020 133
Gambling blocking software: