OSGA wants you to play responsibly!
Please take a minute to learn more about responsible gaming online. The key is to play for entertainment, not
- The Mission of the National Council on Problem Gambling is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.
to make money or relieve stress. Online gambling involves spending money over time, just like any other form of entertainment. The odds ensure that over time the player will not come out ahead.
What is Problem Gambling?
Problem gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. The term "Problem Gambling" includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as "Pathological", or "Compulsive" Gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, "chasing" losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.
Tips for being more responsible with your gaming habits:
If online gambling isn’t fun anymore or if you or someone you know may have a gambling problem. hope and help is available.
- Gambling is just for fun, not a way of earning money.
- Only play when you are relaxed and concentrated.
- Take regular breaks.
- Decide your monthly gaming stake in advance. Independently of our standard deposit limits, you may set a lower amount as your own personal limit.
- Do not increase the maximum limit which you have decided for yourself later on.
- Before you start playing, decide the winning amount at which you will end the game.
- Decide beforehand how high your losses can be.
- Never play under the influence of alcohol or medication.
- Never play if you are feeling depressed.
In the US, call the National Problem Gambling Helpline (800.522.4700) or goto: www.ncpgambling.org
for toll free and confidential help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
World Wide Resources:
Gamblers Anonymous www.gamblersanonymous.org
Get help from any of these organizations:
is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
is a self-help organization for the spouse, family or close friends of compulsive gamblers.
Gam Talk www.gamtalk.org
is an online forum for people with gambling problems to share their experiences and ideas.
) GamCare provides support, information and advice to anyone suffering through a gambling problem.
The Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS)
Your "First Step to Change" Online Workbook: http://www.basisonline.org/selfhelp_tools.html
This free, anonymous online guide will help you understand gambling, figure out if you need to change, and decide how to deal with the actual process of change. A similar tool is the Freedom From Gambling Workbook http://problemgambling.securespsites.com/ccpgwebsite/pdf/sample_workbook_v3.pdf