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How to Gamble Without Addiction

How to Gamble Without Addiction
November 3rd, 2009 / Posted by Suicidalsam in Gambling Addiction, General Gambling is big business, earning the gaming industry billions of dollars each year. In fact, Americans spend more money on legal gambling than they do on movie tickets, recorded music, theme parks, spectator sports and video games combined. A recent program on the Discovery Channel stated that gambling is so attractive, that when the lottery is high, ninety percent of eligible adults buy a ticket! Most people who gamble enjoy gambling as a game; it’s exciting and fun. And most are able to gamble without risking a gambling addiction. Just as many people can have a glass or two of wine with dinner without becoming an alcoholic, so can they buy a lottery ticket in California, visit a racetrack in Kentucky or even spend their vacation in Panama casinos without serious long-term issues. Anyone who has visited a casino knows how easy it is to feed money into the machines. Still, the occasional visit to a casino does not indicate a problem and many people are able to gamble without addiction as long as they gamble responsibly and keep several important things in mind. Set a realistic budget and stick to it Leave all your credit cards at home except one for an emergency…and losing all your cash because you fed it into the slot machine is not an emergency! This card is in case your car breaks down or you get stranded, not to get an extra $500 for the tables. Also, take only the amount of cash that you can afford to lose. Avoid temptation by not bring any cash that has already been set aside for necessities, like groceries or rent; if it’s in your pocket, you might be tempted to risk it. Limit or avoid alcoholIts best not to drink while you are gambling as this is a good way to lose more money than you can afford to lose. Alcohol can dull the senses and cause you to make choices that you might not otherwise make so this policy will keep you from making a stupid choice, such as taking $500 out from your credit card, for example. Set a time limit for gambling Wear a watch. The whole idea in a casino is to cause you to lose track of time and spend more money. All the flashing lights and bells from the slot machines as well as the artificial lighting are meant to give you a false sense of reality. If you wear a watch, you can tell how long it takes you to lose a certain amount of money and, if you lose what you can afford to lose in the first hour, it’s probably time to go home before you lose any more. People who gamble responsibly do so for entertainment and they are able to accept losses as the cost of that entertainment. They are able to balance their gambling with other activities and they do not gamble alone. If you remember these tips, you will be able to enjoy, rather than fear, your gambling experience. Tags: Addiction, Gambling, Gambling Addiction, Online Gambling Related Posts Five Star Gamble – An Online Casino Portal Offering Best Casinos Popularity of Online Bingo Review : Online Casino Lobby Review – Online Casino Spotlight This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 8:50 am and is filed under Gambling Addiction, General. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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