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Bet Responsibly

Gambling can be a enjoyable pastime and we would encourage people aged 18 and over to use the resources on tour-tips to enhance their enjoyment from betting on golf. However, it is important to bet responsibly, never gamble with money that you cannot afford to lose and recognise problem gambling within yourself or other people.

To this aim, we have provided a checklist, courtesy of Gamble Aware, and links to organisations that can help with a gambling problem.

Signs of problem gambling

Is your gambling causing problems for you or others around you? The following signs may indicate a problem:

  • Spending more money and time on gambling than you can afford.
  • Finding it hard to manage or stop your gambling.
  • Having arguments with family or friends about money and gambling.
  • Losing interest in usual activities or hobbies like going out with friends or spending time with family.
  • Always thinking or talking about gambling.
  • Lying about your gambling or hiding it from other people.
  • Chasing losses or gambling to get out of financial trouble.
  • Gambling until all of your money is gone.
  • Borrowing money, selling possessions or not paying bills in order to pay for gambling.
  • Needing to gamble with larger amounts of money or for a longer time to get the same feeling of excitement or buzz.
  • Neglecting work, school, family, personal needs or household responsibilities because of gambling.
  • Feeling anxious, worried, guilty, depressed or irritable.

If you or a friend are displaying any of these signs, please get in touch with any of the following organisations:

GamCare
www.gamcare.org.uk; tel: 0808 8020 133 (UK)

National Council on Problem Gambling
www.ncpgambling.org; tel: 800.522.4700 (US)

Links for other countries
www.gamcare.org.uk/pages/links.html