The Gamble Guys Encourage Responsible Gambling
Here at Gamble Guys, we care about you and encourage responsible gambling because gambling is a fun and exciting pastime if done responsibly. If you want to enjoy it, don’t let it become more than an entertaining hobby.
What is Gambling Addiction?
Gambling addiction is considered a mental health condition, just like addictions to substances and other impulse-control disorders like kleptomania (the urge to steal). It’s a behavioural disorder giving victims an uncontrollable desire to gamble despite its negative consequences.
Addiction is hard to control, and victims might continue to play even when it affects their financial stability, social life, and general well-being.
As a mental health problem, it can lead to severe outcomes if left untreated.
Forms of Gambling Addiction
Gambling addiction manifests in different ways, including:
Compulsive Gambling/Pathological gambling
This is usually the most acute stage of the addiction, where the victim cannot control their desire to gamble. They may know the consequences and are sorry for how it affects their lives, but they can’t stop themselves. Even when they know they can’t afford to lose, they’ll gamble anyway.
Binge gambling involves intense and rapid gambling activity over a short span, characterized by using substantial amounts of money, leading to severe financial consequences.
Most of the time, binge gamblers seem to be in control of their problem, but this type of gambling is usually either a sign of existing gambling addiction or a trigger for the development of other compulsive gambling habits.
People who engage in binge gambling often seek to escape personal issues or experience excitement. Yet, after the binge, individuals may feel remorseful, and ashamed, and be left with substantial debt.
When you show signs of problem gambling, your gambling habits are starting to elude your control. You may not yet feel a level of compulsion, but these habits can still disrupt your everyday life. You might start lying about your betting habits because you are ashamed of them, and you’ll find yourself chasing your losses and realizing you struggle to stop yourself from gambling more.
It’s best to seek professional help if you or someone you know shows any of these signs of developing or existing gambling addiction.
What is Responsible Gambling?
Responsible gambling is when you take gambling for what it is – a fun game like other pastimes. When you do that, you stay in control and don’t let this hobby negatively affect your life.
Here are our tips for gambling responsibly:
- Have a budget for gambling, as many do for other forms of entertainment, and stick to it.
- Take breaks from gambling regularly.
- Don’t chase your losses.
- Don’t gamble to manage your emotions.
- Only gamble using the money you can comfortably lose.
- Don’t let gambling interfere with your work or social life.
Gamble Guy Responsible Gambling Resources
“Gamble Guys” is committed to promoting responsible gambling and has put in place measures to help customers stay informed and in control of their gambling habits:
- Information about problem gambling: We provide resources and information about problem gambling, including warning signs and how and where to get help.
- Responsible gambling policy: We promote and highlight the accountable gambling policies of the casinos in our reviews, focusing on responsible gambling tools such as setting deposit limits, breaks, self-exclusion, and age verification.
- Game information: We inform players about the odds and rules of each game and whether those games have responsible gaming features so players can make informed decisions.
- User reviews: We welcome comments from our users to help us rate and review the casinos and their responsible gambling practices.
- Partnerships: Gamble Guy partners with organizations that promote responsible gambling, such as GambleAware, who display their logos and share links to their resources.
- Working with gambling regulation bodies: We work with many regulators to promote responsible gambling to protect consumers, particularly vulnerable groups, from harmful practices, such as excessive advertising, unfair terms and conditions, and insufficient measures to prevent problem gambling. Such bodies include:
- UK Gambling Commission (UKGC),
- French’s Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ)
- Serbian Gaming Board
- Canadian Gaming Association
- Swedish Gambling Authority (Spelinspektionen)
- Norwegian Gaming Authority (Lotteritilsynet)
- Australia’s ACT Gambling and Racing Commission
- The Gambling Regulatory Authority of Ireland (GRAI)
- Germany’s GGL.
Responsible Gambling Help
We encourage all customers to gamble responsibly and seek professional help if they ever feel like they have a gambling problem.
Help is always available for those who need it. So, if you think you, your friend, or a loved one might have a gambling problem, you can speak up or reach out to any of these organizations that offer such support:
- United Kingdom – BeGambleAware, Gamblers Anonymous, & GamCare
- Canada – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) & Canada Safety Council Problem Gambling
- Sweden – Spelberoendes Riksförbund & Stödlinjen
- New Zealand – ChoiceNotChance, Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF) & GamblingHelpline.
- Australia – Gamblers Help, Gambling Help Online, & LifeLine.
- Denmark – Spillemyndigheden
- Norway – Hjelpelinjen
- France – Adictel
- Germany – Glücksspielsucht
- Ireland – Problem Gambling & Gambling Care Ireland
Stay in control of your gambling habits and don’t let what should be harmless fun turn into a problem in your life. If you, or anyone you know, shows signs of gambling addiction, it should be handled as quickly as possible before it leads to serious problems.