Responsible Gambling

National Responsible Gambling Program

GAMBLING ADDICTION IS NOT SELECTIVE. IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU.

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If you think you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, contact the National Responsible Gambling Helpline toll-free on 0800 006 008 for discreet professional help. Additional resources, including information on education, prevention and treatment of problem gambling as well as a list of frequently asked questions can be found at www.responsiblegambling.co.za.

The National Responsible Gambling Programme researches and monitors problem gambling, educates the public about problem gambling and provides treatment for problem gamblers.

The information given below is sourced from the National Responsible Gambling Programme and available at www.responsiblegambling.co.za

“Recreational gamblers gamble on social occasions with friends or colleagues. They have pre-determined acceptable losses and by and large their gambling activities cause little harm and their behaviour is associated with minimal guilt. They simply require information and education on gambling behaviour in order to make sensible decisions.”

"A problem gambler, as understood by the NRGP, is anyone who spends so much money and/or time gambling that they do significant harm to themselves or to others.
Typically excessive gambling causes them problems at home or at work and threatens their financial security. To finance their gambling they borrow money which they cannot easily pay back and they spend money on gambling which should be spent on personal and household necessities. Common symptoms include missing work to gamble, returning to gamble after a big loss to recoup losses, gambling until no money left, borrowing money to fund gambling and considering suicide as a result of gambling.”

For the overwhelming majority of people gambling is recreational fun. However, for a small proportion of people - one out of ten -, gambling is a problem, and may even result in compulsive addictive behaviour. The following twenty questions may help you to determine if you or someone you know has a compulsive gambling addiction. Most people who suffer from this disease will answer yes to at least seven of these questions.

1. Do you miss work to go gambling?
2. Is gambling making your home life unhappy?
3. Is gambling giving you a bad reputation?
4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
5. Do you ever gamble to get money to pay debts or solve financial difficulties?
6. Does gambling reduce your ambition or efficiency?
7. After losing, do you feel you must return as soon as possible to win back your losses?
8. After a win, do you have a strong urge to return and win more?
9. Do you often gamble until your last Rand has gone?
10. Do you ever borrow money to finance your gambling?
11. Have you ever sold anything to finance your gambling?
12. Are you reluctant to use 'gambling money' for other expenses?
13. Does gambling make you neglect yourself or your family?
14. Do you ever gamble longer than planned?
15. Do you ever gamble to escape worry or trouble?
16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
17. Does gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations make you want to gamble?
19. Do you ever have the desire to celebrate any good fortune by gambling for a few hours?
20. Have your ever considered suicide as a result of your gambling?

Out patient treatment for problem gambling is available in 56 South African cities, free of charge and in 8 official languages. In severe cases the NRGP will consider subsidising in patient treatment.

The NRGP brochure is available for download here: http://www.responsiblegambling.co.za
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