Casinobird is a resource site for people that play for fun and entertainment, and also for professional gamblers. We care about our visitor’s health and well being, so if you are concerned about yourself or somebody close to you, we would like to recommend to go over few questions that might help you evaluate if you have, or if you are developing, a gambling problem.
Under the questions we have listed contact information to some international as well as local legitimate organisations that we support, and that can help if needed. You can find them online as well as call them. Most of these organisations support an international network of help centers, so no matter where in the world you are, help should be nearby.
As we feel that is very serious and also personal, we do not feel qualified to give any tips or suggestions (even if the information originally comes from a valid source). We feel it is best to advise you to turn to professional staff that is trained and has experience with situations like these.
Signs of problem gambling
These questions are taken from Gamble Aware, which is administered by The GREaT Foundation, a charity which raises funds from the gambling industry to support research, education and treatment of problem gambling. To learn more about The GREaT Foundation click here.
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 think you may have a problem, call the GamCare Helpline (in the UK) on 0845 6000 133 today. It is better to talk to someone about it than to carry on worrying on your own.
Here are a couple of web resources that can help with problem gambling:
Keep in mind, responsible gambling does not just mean avoiding addictive gambling, it also refers to making sure you do your homework, playing on casino websites that are safe. This is a major aspect of maintaining a minimal risk factor when playing casino online. The following are some resource websites which review online casinos and their safety:
http://www.casinospy.co.uk/ - CasinoSpy UK
Here is a collection of local organisations that can help:
Australia: Gamblers Anonymous. Helpline (02) 9628 5065. Web: http://www.gansw.org.au
Canada: Responsible Gambling Council. Helpline: 1 (888) 391-1111. Web: http://www.responsiblegambling.org
Ireland: Gamblers Anonymous. Contact: 01-8721133 http://www.gamblersanonymous.ie
New Zealand: Gambling Helpline. Helpline: 0800 654 655. Web: http://www.gamblingproblem.co.nz
United Kingdom: GameCare. Helpline: 0845 6000 133. Web: http://www.gamcare.org.uk
United States – Gamblers Anonymous. Helpline: 1-888-GA-HELPS. Web: http://www.gamblersanonymous.org