Are You A Responsible Gambler?
With the increased popularity of sports betting, responsible and problem gambling has likewise come into focus. While most casual punters would regard themselves as responsible when it comes to their wagering, it can often be difficult to tell where responsible gambling ends and problem gambling begins.
What Is Responsible Gambling?
A typical responsible gambler is one who bets for fun and entertainment value while appreciating the risks associated with gambling. Being mindful, such gamblers are able to control their wagering, maintaining a balance between their betting and other life pursuits.
Importantly, responsible gambling is not just about any one individual. It also requires those within the gaming industry to raise awareness by providing resources, educating casual gamblers and helping them recognise the signs of problem gambling in themselves, family, friends and colleagues
What Is Problem Gambling?
A problem gambler is one who is having difficulty limiting both the amount they are wagering and likewise, the time they are spending focusing on their betting. We can say this behaviour becomes problematic when it begins to have an adverse impact on both the professional and personal lives of the gambler.
While many gamblers are able to recognise that their wagering is negatively impacting their lives, many are not as capable. In this respect, we may define a problem gambler as one who is able to recognise the negative impact of their betting, but is unable to take the steps required to get their wagering under control.
Are You A Problem Gambler?
Do you feel that your wagering is having a negative impact on your life? Are you struggling to deal with increasing credit card debt as a result of your gambling? Having trouble paying your bills and other financial obligations? Is your gambling a priority over family and professional commitments? Are you chasing losses in the hope of resolving your financial concerns?
Assessing Gambling Behaviour
If your gambling is a concern, we encourage you to perform a risk assessment test. Consider your behaviour over the last 12 months and answer the following questions:
- Have you bet more than you could afford to lose?
- Have you needed to bet in larger amounts to get the same feeling of excitement?
- Have you felt the need to go back the next day to win back losses?
- Have you borrowed money or sold anything to provide the funds to gamble?
- Have you felt you might have a problem with gambling?
- Has your gambling caused health concerns including stress and/or anxiety?
- Has your gambling caused financial stress?
- Has your gambling left you feeling guilty or ashamed?
If you answered yes to a number of these questions, you may be a problem gambler. While you may be feeling isolated, the good news is that you are not alone and there are plenty of organisations prepared to help you with your recovery.
Problem Gambling Resources
There are a number of sites providing gamblers with resources and information to one, keep their gambling under control and two, to assist problem gamblers through their recovery. In the UK, the most notable of these are:
As stated on GambleAware.Org website, GambleAware is…
“wholly independent and has a framework agreement with the Gambling Commission to deliver the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms within the context of arrangements based on voluntary donations from the gambling industry.”
Regarding problem gambling as a public health issue, GambleAware dedicates itself to:
- Research initiatives
- Public awareness campaigns such as Bet Regret
- Access to practical services such as health, psychological and financial services such as the National Gambling Treatment Service.
As stated on the BeGambleAware website, visiting BeGambleAware:
“you’ll find advice and get access to free, confidential help by phone or online. You can learn about how gambling works, check if you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, and find tips on how to stay in control.”
As its name suggests GambleAware provides users with a deep library of resources to not only determine if their gambling or the gambling of someone they know, is becoming an issue, but also the resources to assist problem gamblers through their recovery. You’ll also find access to the National Gambling Helpline Freephone line (which you can call on 0808 8020 133, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) as well as access to their live chat helpline.
Responsible Affiliates in Gambling
As stated on the RAiG website, RAiG is:
“an independent body set up to help raise standards in the sector, particularly in respect of responsible gambling. The association aims to foster wider initiatives in the UK affiliate marketing sector to promote social responsibility and help create a safer gambling environment for consumers.”
RAiG was founded in 2019 by Better Collective, Oddschecker and Racing Post.
The RAiG site provides visitors with links to a number of resources for promoting responsible gambling and for assisting problem gamblers including:
According to the statutory British gambling regulator, the Gambling Commission, “Safe and responsible gambling comes from an industry that takes care of its customers, customers who are empowered with the knowledge to manage their gambling and a regulator that ensures the consumer is at the heart of everything we do.” The information contained here is intended to address the first two of these criteria. As we promote the services of gambling providers on this site, we believe it is important that our customers are made aware of the risks that can be associated with gambling, as well as information about where they can find further advice and support should they require it.
- National Gambling Helpline: 0808 8020 133. This helpline provides free, confidential advice 24 hours a day for anyone affected by gambling problems.
- GAMSTOP (the national online self-exclusion system)
- Gambling Therapy. This service provides advice about problem gambling in multiple languages.
- How to make sure you gamble safely with licensed businesses, and how to gamble responsibly by using tools to manage your activity.
- In the UK, gambling is prohibited for those under 18 years of age.
- RAiG’s social responsibility audit can be found here.
- For further information, please contact RAiG.
Responsible Gambling Measures
Bookmakers provide a number of tools to help you keep your gambling responsible. These include but are not limited to:
Bookmakers give customers the ability to exclude themselves from their site and wagering for a selected period of time. Once the exclusion period has been set, the customer cannot gain access to their betting account until the period of exclusion has ended.
Pre-Commitment Deposit Limits
Bookmaker provide customers with the ability to set limits on the amount they can deposit. Once a customer has committed to a deposit limit, the limit cannot be raised for a certain number of days, while lowering the limit is typically allowed at any time.
Could bookmakers do more?
While bookmakers provide a number of tools to help customers keep on top of their gambling, they could do more. Bookmakers across the industry maintain an industrious eye on each of their customer accounts and could employ such technology to flag customers they believe may be wagering beyond their means. Such measures if introduced would be widely applauded by the broader community and responsible gambling campaigners.
A Responsible Gambler Is An Informed Gambler
At bettingexpert, we also believe a responsible gambler is an educated one. To that end we provide a number of resources to help our community members understand just how betting and the betting industry operates. These can be accessed through the bettingexpert Academy.