Responsible Gaming Education Week: It's Our Everyday Commitment

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Responsible Gaming Education Week: It's Our Everyday Commitment

Post by Administrator » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:33 pm

>> The Importance of Responsible Gambling

Did you know that September 15-21, 2019, is Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW)? Gambling can be a safe recreational activity for most people. However, hundreds of thousands of Floridians suffer from gambling addiction, with many more at risk.

When gambling becomes a problem, the urge to place a bet becomes uncontrollable. Problem gambling can result in consequences that reach far beyond the gambler, including loved ones and others. Callers to Florida's 888-ADMITIT Problem Gambling HelpLine cite troubles with their closest relationships, their careers, education, and physical and mental health. For every individual suffering from problem gambling, an additional 8-10 people are affected!

RGEW is a reminder of the need to raise awareness about healthy habits and warning signs for those who choose to gamble. Being mindful about one's gambling activity can go a long way in the prevention of problem gambling and its serious impacts. We need your help in spreading the word during RGEW and throughout the year!

>> Responsible Play Starts with Responsible Habits

At first thought, responsible gambling may seem like a topic reserved for the experts to tackle. While treatment providers for gambling addiction do indeed need to be certified, the guidelines for responsible play are fairly straight-forward.

Most things in life are only healthy in moderation: sleeping, eating, working, shopping, smartphone use, video game play, and even exercise. With gambling, that principle can be extended to include responsible habits like regular breaks in play, setting limits on how much you will spend and sticking to them, and partaking in alternative forms of entertainment.

It also helps to understand the warning signs of problem gambling in yourself or others. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) clearly defines gambling disorder and the associated diagnostic critera (list to follow).

You can check your own gambling behaviors or that of a loved one against the criteria, but if you are worried, don't wait until you can self-diagnose. Call Florida's Problem Gambling HelpLine at 888-ADMIT-IT (236-4848) to talk to a specialist, 24/7.

>> How to Tell When Gambling is No Longer a Game

To download and read the Webletter, visit: https://gamblinghelp.org/assets/Weblett ... r-2019.pdf

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