Responsible Gambling

Gambling, when approached with moderation and awareness, can offer a fun and entertaining experience. However, it’s essential to remember that responsible gambling is the key to maintaining this enjoyment and ensuring it doesn’t negatively impact our lives or the lives of our loved ones.

What is Responsible Gambling?

Responsible gambling means understanding the risks associated with gambling, making informed decisions, and being in control. It’s about knowing when to play, how much to spend, and when it’s time to stop.

Signs of Problem Gambling:

  1. Spending more money or time on gambling than intended.
  2. Chasing losses.
  3. Borrowing money to gamble or to pay gambling debts.
  4. Neglecting responsibilities or loved ones due to gambling.
  5. Lying about gambling habits.
  6. Feeling guilty or anxious about gambling.

Resources for Help in New Zealand:

  • Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand (PGF): Offers free, professional, and confidential gambling counselling services for both gamblers and their families.
  • Gambits: A helpline and support service providing information and advice to individuals and their families about gambling issues.
  • Ministry of Health’s Gambling Helpline: A 24/7 service offering immediate assistance, self-help tools, and information about treatment services available in various languages.
  • Choice Not Chance: A platform offering tools and tips to help you understand and play safe, including self-assessment quizzes and guides to limit gambling.
  • Gamblers Anonymous New Zealand: A fellowship support group where individuals share their experiences to solve their common issues and help others recover from gambling addiction.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a gambling problem, it’s never too early or too late to seek assistance. In New Zealand, numerous resources and dedicated organizations are ready to support and guide you towards a healthier relationship with gambling. Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.