Responsible gambling

Betting and gaming should be an enjoyable and exciting experience, however The National Bingo Game does recognise that for a small minority of the public it can be a problem.

We want you to enjoy your online and in club gambling experience and advise you to follow these guidelines:

  • Please try and establish limits for purchasing, wagering and even losses before you commence gambling.
  • Gambling is not advised if it interferes with your daily responsibilities.
  • Gambling is not advised if you are in recovery for any dependency or are under the influence of alcohol or any other substance.
  • Gambling is not advised if your primary aim is to recoup your debt with your winnings.

If you feel you may have a problem with your gambling, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you stay away from work or college to gamble?
  • Do you gamble to escape from a boring or unhappy life?
  • When gambling and you 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, even the bus fare home or the cost of a cup of tea?
  • Have you ever lied to cover up the amount of money or time you have gambled?
  • Have others ever criticized your gambling?
  • Have you lied, stolen or borrowed just to get money to gamble or pay gambling debts?
  • Are you reluctant to spend 'gambling money' on anything else?
  • Have you lost interest in your family, friends or interests?
  • After losing, do you feel you must try and win back your losses as soon as possible?
  • Do arguments, frustrations or disappointments make you want to gamble?
  • Do you feel depressed or even suicidal because of your gambling?

The more you answer 'yes' to these questions, the more likely you are to have a serious gambling problem.

If you would like further advice or help with responsible gambling, then please visit Gamble Aware or The Responsible Gambling Trust or Gamcare.

© National Bingo Game Association 2017

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