What do we mean by responsible gaming?

When we talk about responsible gaming – we’re talking about staying in control of how much money and time we spend on gaming. There are many ways to have a flutter including the National Lottery weekly draws and scratchcards, betting, poker, bingo and gaming machines among others. All are considered to be enjoyable leisure pastimes, but each carries an element of risk.

Therefore, we should always be aware of how much time and money we are spending on gaming and ensure that we never spend more time or money than we can reasonably afford. Always try to limit your playing time and take regular breaks. It’s also important to set a spend limit while gaming and make sure you stick to it.

The key message is that gaming should always be fun and enjoyable. If you feel that’s not the case and it’s affecting other areas of your life, perhaps you need to ask yourself whether or not you are gaming responsibly.

According to social research body NatCen: "Problem gambling is gambling to a degree that compromises, disrupts or damages family, personal or recreational pursuits."

So, if you think that might apply to you and you have concerns that your gaming isn’t quite as responsible as it should be, take a few moments to go through our Check List.