Responsible Gaming: How to Know When It’s Time to Slow Down

Online gambling is fun. For some people, however, the fun turns into a need that, in extreme cases, can cause serious harm to the player and the people around them.

At CasinoLogin CA, we take gambling addiction extremely seriously. For that reason, we only recommend online casinos with tools in place to help protect players, such as self-exclusion, deposit and loss limits, and affordability checks.

Sometimes this still isn’t enough, so we created this responsible gambling guide to help you spot signs of gambling addiction early and give you easy access to helplines and other resources. If you believe that you have already developed a severe gambling addiction, you may still use the information available on this page, but we also urge you to seek professional medical advice immediately.

How to Gamble Online the Right Way

Most players will say they are in total control of their gambling habits. However, research has shown that it’s easy to fall off the wagon and following a few simple steps can help you stop doing so. Here is some advice on how to gamble safely:

  1. Never gamble with more money than you can afford to lose
  2. Don’t borrow money to fund your gambling activity, and remember that using a credit card also counts as lending money
  3. Set yourself a clear budget and time limit, and don’t find excuses to exceed those limits
  4. Don’t try to win back your losses
  5. Casino games are based on luck and are not suitable for earning an income or paying your monthly bills
  6. Balance your gambling with other social activities, such as meeting friends or doing sports
  7. Don’t gamble while intoxicated, e.g., after drinking alcohol or smoking marihuana

The list above is nowhere from complete and definite, yet it gives you covers some efficient ways to control your gambling activity.

Spotting Gambling Addiction

For some players, the above won’t work since they have already developed an unhealthy form of gambling. While not every gambling problem equals addiction, it is crucial to spot troubling signs early to counteract them potentially. Here are some typical warning signs:

  1. Noticing a change in your gambling habits that is worrisome
  2. Gambling longer than initially intended more often
  3. Feeling that ‘just one more time’ will bring you the big win
  4. Borrowing money from friends and family to fund gambling activities
  5. Having built up more debt than before
  6. Hiding your gambling from your social circle or only disclosing a softer version of the truth
  7. Avoiding social situations to continue gambling

If you said yes to one or more of the above signs, you’re not automatically a gambling addict. However, we advise you to seek professional advice as there is an increased chance you will or have already developed a severe problem that requires treatment.

As a first step, we recommend taking the Gambling Self-Assessment Quiz developed by Canada’s Responsible Gambling Council. It only takes two minutes and will assess you based on the Canadian Problem Gambling Index. If you score high, which means you are considered a person at risk, you will receive additional information on where to seek professional help.

Local Helplines in Canada

Contacting your local helpline for gambling addiction is the first step toward getting better. Here are phone numbers for all 10 Canadian provinces and three territories:

Most of these hotlines are available 24/7, and all of them are toll-free for residents of the respective Canadian province.

Getting in Touch

We believe this guide contains essential information on safer gambling, spotting signs of gambling addictions, and finding help. If you still have questions, send us an email, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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