Recognizing Signs of Gambling Addiction

Common behavioural patterns of an addictive gambler are:

  • Persistent involvement with gambling, anxiety and irritability when gambling is interrupted or reduced
  • Tendency towards borrowing money in order to temporarily address financial problems
  • Repeated unsuccessful attempts to control, reduce or interrupt gambling
  • Long or unwarranted periods of absence from home and work
  • Duplicate loans, overused credit cards, bounced checks and unjustified lack of money from the family budget
  • Intensive study of sports schedule and sports picks from television, newspapers, radio and the internet
  • Isolation so as to focus better on the ways to gamble
  • Refusal to accept advice or remarks made by others about how to deal with gambling
  • Decline in work efficiency
  • Discomfort, anger and staggering tension if an occurrence prevents gambling
  • Happy mood, inflated self-esteem and relief in case of profitable gambling

If you think you have a gambling addiction problem, the following questions can help you verify it:

  • Does gambling prevent you from being consistent in your work or studies?
  • Do you bet just to pass some time or because you feel bored?
  • Do you gamble to pay debts or solve some financial problems?
  • Do you gamble until you lose all your money?
  • Have you ever lied to hide the amount and time you spent in gambling?
  • Do you gamble alone and for long periods of time?
  • Has anyone criticised you for your gambling?
  • Have you lost interest in family, friends and other entertainment activities?
  • Have you lied, stolen or borrowed to maintain your gambling habits?
  • Have you lied, stolen or borrowed to try to get even?
  • Are you reluctant to spend gambling money on something else?
  • After a loss, do you feel you have to try to win back your losses as fast as possible?
  • Do you want to bet after a quarrel or a disappointment?
  • Do you ever feel depressed or think about harming yourself as a result of gambling?

The more positive answers, the greater the probability of having a gambling addiction problem.

We urge you to seek advice and support from the following organizations:

www.gamcare.org.uk 

www.gamblingtherapy.org 

www.drogy-info.cz/map-pomoci/ 

www.neprohraj.se 

At Betano, we emphasize Responsible Gaming and the well-being of our customers.

Seeking support is a positive step towards addressing any concerns and ensuring that your gambling remains a safe and enjoyable activity.

Remember, help is available, and you are not alone in your journey to overcome any challenges related to gambling.

 

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