Placing a bet? Here’s how to make sure your gambling doesn’t get out of control
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Physical addictions may be easily recognised, but hidden addictions like gambling are much harder to spot. The ease of gambling from the comfort of your smart phone has meant that it’s easy to lose track of how much you end up spending. But of course, having fun with friends in poker games on a Friday night can still be fun - if you’re sensible with your money. Young people struggle to manage their finances and keep a balance of having fun and leaving themselves skint. It can be difficult to work out how much things are likely to cost you, but if you try to stick to a general budget of how much you will spend on social activities, partying and having a night of poker, then you can make a judgement of how sensible you are being with your money. Gambling safely doesn’t involve any complicated maths calculations, but a logical attitude. By keeping some key points in mind you can avoid getting yourself into debt or on the path to developing an addiction. Right attitude – gambling should be seen as something fun - the odd bet on the horses or an entertaining poker game shouldn’t be perceived as a means to make money. It should also not be seen as a way to get away from your problems; it could make them worse.
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