Responsible Gambling

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The dangers of gambling addiction can be hard to spot, as shown in a 15-second video by RGC that demonstrates the fast-paced nature of casino gambling and sports betting.

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Most Common Questions About Responsible Gambling

What is considered responsible gambling?

Responsible gambling means playing games of chance in a way that doesn’t negatively impact your finances, well-being, or lifestyle. It involves setting limits, knowing when to stop, and gambling only for entertainment, not as a way to make money.

What is the main cause of gambling addiction?

Gambling addiction doesn’t have a single cause. It arises from a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors, including a desire for instant gratification, emotional distress, and, in some cases, genetic predisposition. If you or someone you know is at risk, it’s essential to seek advice and support from credible and certified professionals.

How do you deal with a gambling addict?

Dealing with a gambling addict requires compassion and understanding. Encourage open communication, suggest professional help, avoid judgment, and learn about the condition to provide proper support.

Who is most at risk of gambling?

Those with a history of impulsive behavior, previous addiction issues, mental health disorders, or a family history of addiction are typically at higher risk.

Where can I get help for gambling addiction?

Help for gambling addiction can be sought from local mental health clinics, helplines, or organizations like ConnexOntario. For a full list of relevant organizations, jump to the list of responsible gambling tools and resources above.

How do I block gambling sites in Ontario?

In Ontario, you can use software like BetBlocker or GamBan to block access to gambling sites. Some internet service providers might also offer parental controls to restrict such sites.

Can I block my debit card from gambling sites?

Yes, you can contact your bank or card provider and request restrictions or blocks on gambling transactions. Some banks also offer app-based controls to self-restrict such activities.