If you’re thinking about cutting back your gambling have a think about how much of your time you currently spend gambling. Try setting a time limit and once you’ve reached it get into the habit of walking away. Easier said than done, we know! But small changes every day can add up.
It’s easy to lose track of our spending, especially when you may be gambling using a bank card or through an online account and not physically handing over cash. Before you start to set your budget. Keep an eye on your account and remember the extra dollar here and there can quickly add up.
If you’re used to spending hours a week gambling then having a plan about how to use more free time when you’re trying to cut back or stop can be really helpful. Have a think about what you enjoy and how it could help to replace your gambling.
Some banks have introduced gambling restrictions options on personal credit cards. The restrictions block gambling transactions including sports betting, lottery tickets and online gambling. Check with your bank if this option is available.
Access to gambling is all around us, 24/7 online. But there are things you can do to restrict your access and help avoid the urge to gamble.
Self-exclusion is a free service that allows you to choose venues or websites to be excluded from. You can self – exclude from venues with pokie machines, Crown Casino, TAB and online sports betting sites. For more information about the different self-exclusion programs available and how to arrange a self-exclusion visit Gambler’s Help. Our counsellors can also provide information and support for clients looking to self-exclude.
If you want to talk to someone we’re here to support you. Call us Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm to make a booking to speak with one of our qualified counsellor’s or book online.
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