If you choose to gamble, we urge you to:
- Gamble responsibly.
- Play within your means.
- Gamble with no more than your discretionary income.
- Don't "chase your losses".
- Set your play limit and stick to it.
- View gambling as entertainment only. Gambling should not be viewed as an income generator.
Symptoms of Gambling Addiction
Gambling addiction is a continuum, from "at-risk gambler" to "problem gambler" to "compulsive gambler". Matching even one symptom, listed above, is a red flag. The more symptoms you match, the more addicted you may be.
- Regret over the amount of money or time spent on gambling.
- Spending more than you can afford on gambling.
- Spending money on gambling while financial responsibilities are neglected (neglect of paying bills, rent, etc.).
- Spending money on gambling while personal responsibilities are neglected (neglect of family, pets, charities, commitments, etc.).
- "Cutting back" on a necessity (food, medicine, etc.) in order to pay for gambling.
- Covering up or lying about the amount of money spent on gambling.
- Purchasing lottery tickets at multiple locations to allay suspicions of sales clerk that you may have a gambling problem.
- Having a compulsion to purchase tickets regularly; to never miss a drawing of your favorite lottery.
- Breaking the law in order to get gambling money or recover gambling losses (stealing, fraud, etc.).
- Asking for financial assistance as a result of gambling.
- Continued gambling despite negative consequences: loss of job, relationships or opportunities.
- Denial of a gambling problem or lying to friends or family about behavior.
- Rationalizing one's gambling, or believing that this list of Symptoms of Gambling Addiction does not apply to you. Remember, "rationalize" means "rational lies".
If you think you may have a gambling problem or addiction, we strongly recommend that you visit these links which may prove useful:
"If the $500 a year that on average all American households throw away on the lottery were invested in an index fund each year for 20 years, each family would have $24,000. Not maybe. Really." — John Piper