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Strategies to gamble less

Identifying the reasons why you gamble can help shape what strategies you apply towards making a plan to gamble less, or stop.

For social reasons

Gambling may be a form of recreation with friends or family or driven by your desire for social contact. It may be helpful to find other activities to share with family or friends, or ask them to support your efforts to gamble less. Developing new friendships that don’t involve gambling can also help in creating new social activities.

For financial reasons

Gambling can be seen as a way to win money. It might be necessary to see what other money management options can help with balancing the budget. Financial counsellors can also help, from budgeting to dealing with debts. They can even negotiate with banks and other institutions on your behalf. Reviewing some of the myths around gambling may be helpful too.

For enhancement reasons

The positive feelings you get when you gamble, like excitement and enjoyment may also mean you can gamble impulsively without worrying about the consequences. To find some balance you may need to find new ways to feel good, as well as ways to avoid getting carried away by the fun of gambling, like having a plan to stick to your limits when you are gambling.

For coping reasons

For some people, gambling can be a way of coping with other problems. Gambling may provide a short-term escape but will often result in an increase in negative feelings in the long run. You may need to learn to manage negative feelings without gambling, learn to relax or unwind, or look for non-harmful activities to fill your time.