Gambling is a risky activity that can be addictive.

Whether you’re interested in playing a game of chance, a casino, or online gambling, there are ways to play responsibly and protect yourself from harm. The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is dedicated to advancing safer gambling by influencing positive change and educating people about the risks of playing.

Understanding the Gambling Process

The traditional definition of gambling is a contest involving a wager that involves a possible outcome that is random or chance. It can include a number of forms, such as betting on a football team, or buying a scratchcard, where the winner is determined by the ‘odds’, which are set by the betting company.

Reasons for Gambling

It’s common for people to gamble for a variety of reasons, from mood change to social rewards and intellectual challenge. However, there are healthier ways to relieve unpleasant emotions and unwind.

Reducing Gambling Risks

Before you begin gambling, think about how much money you can comfortably afford to lose. Create a budget that you can stick to, and be sure to set limits for yourself.

Dealing with an Urge to Gamble

If you have a strong urge to gamble, talk to a trusted friend or family member about your problem. They can help you determine if you need professional counseling or other support.

Treatment for underlying mood disorders

If your gambling is triggered by depression, stress or substance abuse, it’s important to seek help. Your doctor or therapist may prescribe medication or recommend cognitive-behavioral therapy, which can help you learn to cope with your problems and overcome your urges.