Gambling involves wagering something of value on a random event with the intent of winning something else of value. It is an activity that can cause a person to become addicted, and there are many stories of people who once had money, but now do not due to gambling addiction. However, it is possible to control one’s gambling and stop it from becoming a problem by following a few simple tips.
Set a budget and stick to it. The odds are very much against you winning, so it’s important to be realistic and only gamble with a sum of money that you can comfortably afford to lose. Also, never be tempted by free cocktails or other casino promotions; they are there to lure you into spending more than you can afford. Also, always tip dealers – I usually give them a $1-$5 chip every time they come around and clearly say, “This is for me.” Likewise, tip cocktail waitresses; they’ll appreciate it (they may even give you extra).
Speak with a counsellor. Counselling can help you think about and consider how your gambling affects others, and can provide guidance to change your behaviour.
Find other ways to relieve unpleasant emotions and boredom. Try exercising, spending time with friends who don’t gamble, taking up new hobbies, or practicing relaxation techniques. These can be better alternatives to gambling, and they’ll likely also make you feel happier and healthier in the long run.