Ready to Change?
Often people don't recognise the warning signs. Gambling doesn't usually start out as a problem – for most people it begins as a fun and social activity. If gambling is no longer fun or if you've tried a few times to cut back and you're wondering what to do next then these tips might help.
- Limit access to cash and credit. Try not to carry your ATM and credit cards with you. Set up bank accounts so that most of your money cannot be accessed via ATMs, and get the bank to lower your daily withdrawal limit. Tell your family, friends and work-mates not to lend you money for gambling, even if you ask for it.
- Don't gamble when you have urgent debts and never borrow money to gamble.
- Don't gamble alone. Arrange to gamble socially – place the emphasis on the socialising, not the gambling.
- Keep an eye on the clock. Take a break every 15 minutes and don't gamble past the time limit you have set.
- Place and seal your winnings in a separate pocket or hand them over to a friend – this helps guard against impulsive decisions to gamble with winnings.
- Don't gamble with friends who gamble heavily.
- Don't mix alcohol with gambling. Three standard drinks will cloud most people's judgement and lead to impulsive gambling.
- Never gamble with the expectation of winning.
- Download or order a copy of The Gambler's Guide to Cutting Down or Giving Up (PDF 641.2 KB) to keep you on track and motivated to change.
Know when to give up
If gambling isn't fun anymore it may be a sign that you need to give up. Call the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 for free, confidential and non-judgemental professional help and support.
If you want to chat to someone online or via email, 24/7 live and email counselling and support is available immediately from Gambling Help Online.
Barr yourself from a venue
You can barr yourself from a range of gambling venues such as clubs, hotels, the casino, the TAB and licensed racing clubs. When you barr yourself form a venue it means you're not allowed to enter or remain on the licensed gambling premise. The venue is expected to take reasonable steps to prevent a person from entering the premises and if found there they are entitled to remove the person.
You can barr yourself by:
- Going into a hotel, club, the casino or other gambling venue and request to be barred.
- Making an appointment to see an officer at the Independent Gambling Authority (phone +61 8 8226 7233) to request a barring order. A barring order is indefinite but an application can be made to have it lifted after 12 months.
- Visiting http://www.iga.sa.gov.au/volbarr.aspx to find out the full steps to barr yourself.
Visit a Gambling Help Service (for a referral call the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858) where a gambling counsellor can assist and support a person with either method of barring.