We at Slotsia love slots and the excitement that online casinos bring to the table. Sometimes, however, too much of a good thing can develop into a serious problem. This is a realm where we cease to joke about things. Gambling problems are certainly no laughing matter or something that you should take lightly.
The vast majority of people will not experience actual gambling problems and are able to remain in control of their gambling. This is not to say, however, that we as players do not make mistakes. As with most other vices and addictive things, to err is human. Even so, you can probably tell when something is no longer working for you and is more turning against you.
Here are a few often used questions to ask yourself in order to gauge whether your gambling is still innocent fun or at a risk of getting out of control:
- Do you gamble alone on your computer for long periods, perhaps staying away from work or other activities to do so?
- Have you needed to increase your gambling stake more and more to get the excitement you are looking for?
- Do you suffer mood swings, irritability and agitation when you are not gambling?
- Do you think that you gamble to escape other issues or problems in your life?
- Have you ever claimed to be winning from gambling when, in fact, you are losing?
- Have you tried, in the past, to reduce either the time or money that you spend gambling and been unsuccessful?
- Have you ever been tempted to commit an act of dishonesty to finance your gambling?
- Have you ever gone back online to gamble, on another day, to win back your losses?
- Have you ever hidden your gambling from people who are important to you in your life?
- Have you borrowed money, from any source, that you have been unable to pay back because of your gambling or are you otherwise in debt as a result of gambling?
- Have you ever sold any possessions to obtain money to gamble or pay gambling debts?
The message is loud and clear: if gambling is just an exciting hobby that merely spices up your life but does not become too comprehensive, then you should be good to go. However, if you find yourself losing money, sleep, friends, or pleasure, then you need to reconsider your relationship with gambling.
Things you can do if things get out of control
Slotsia always tries to make sure that the operators that we promote take responsible gambling seriously. Our featured operators always have a UK Gambling Commission license and adhere to strict guidelines when it comes to carrying their responsibilities.
Here are a few things that UKGC licensed casinos provide you with to help keep your gambling in check and away from developing into a problem.
- Reality checks. Notice those pop-ups that tell you how much time you have been playing and how much money you have won or lost? These prompts give you an easy way to monitor your gaming, set limits, and to stop playing when you feel like you have played long enough. Most online casinos give you reality checks here and there, but you can sometimes also adjust the interval yourself.
- Deposit limits. Playing is fun, but if you find yourself losing too much, it is important to put on the brakes. Deposit limits allow you to set limits as to how much you can deposit during set periods of times. Daily and monthly limits both stop you from depositing more than you had in mind, and help keep better track of how much you have been playing.
- Gambling activity statistics. Sometimes when you play a lot, you could lose sight of how much you have deposited and withdrawn money. When things get hazy, it is good to take a look at your gambling activity statistics. Here you can find all your past transactions on display.
- Option for taking a break. Sometimes the old adage of “out of sight, out of mind” rings true when it comes to gambling. UKGC licensed casinos give you a choice of basically shutting down your account for set time periods ranging from 24 hours to 6 weeks. When it is simply impossible for you to play, you tend to not think about playing that much as well.
- Self-exclusion. This is the ultimate way to stop gambling altogether. Self-exclusion basically means that you want to delete your account for a certain time. Unlike taking breaks, self-excluding is more serious and can be applied all the way up to five years at a time, sometimes even for life. Do note, however, that self-excluding from a single casino could affect all of the other casinos under the same operator as well. This is so that you do not necessarily have to apply self-exclusion to each and every online casino account that you have open.
Contacts and organisations for questions about problem gambling
As with any issues pertaining to mental health, sometimes things could get serious enough for you to need help. When this happens, never be too embarrassed to ask for help—there are many known institutions and ways to help you improve your condition.
Here is a list of services that you could contact:
0808 8020 133
0808 8020 133
National Problem Gambling Clinic
0800 0234 650