6.4. Staying in Control

Below is a list of self-test questions which you can use to assess whether you may be spending too much time and/or money on gambling.

  • 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 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?
  • When you gamble and run out of money, 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 pay gambling debts?
  • Do you feel depressed or anxious because of your gambling?

If you find you are answering ‘yes’ to even a couple of the above questions, then we ask that you consider contacting one of the organisations listed below, in the Getting Assistance section, to discuss your situation. All organisations ensure complete confidentiality.

Please remember these five tips as a guide to help you gamble more responsibly:

  • only gamble if you are still finding it fun;
  • think of the money you lose as the cost of entertainment, and accept losing as part of the game;
  • don't gamble to win back losses;
  • set a monetary and/or time Limit and stick to it;
  • don't borrow money to gamble.

Last Modified Date: 07/08/2020