What does ‘safer gambling’ look like? 10 steps to reduce risk

Friday, 4 November 2022

You may see resources and ads encouraging the practice of safer gambling – but what exactly does that look like?

Safer gambling means you’re applying low-risk strategies to your gambling to reduce the risk of gambling harm. These strategies might include leaving non-essential money and bank cards at home to prevent spending more than you can afford to lose on gambling.

Following our 10 steps for safer gambling is a great start for some people, but it’s important to consider your unique situation and what works for you.

Gambling and Mental Health

Friday, 4 November 2022

Mental Health Week (October 8-16) was an important reminder of how mental health is a part of all our lives.

This year’s theme focused on awareness, belonging, and connection, reflecting the important factors that help people maintain positive mental health and wellbeing.

Our mental health influences how we think, feel, and act. This affects how we manage stress, make choices, and connect with others.

Gambling harm can have a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of the person gambling and the people in their life.

Support for Partners and Families Experiencing Gambling Harm

Monday, 19 September 2022

Gambling harm can have serious consequences, not just for the person gambling, but also for the people in their life.

Research shows that on average, one person’s gambling has a ripple effect impacting six people around them. This might include intimate partners, children, extended family, friends, colleagues, and the community.

Why do people gamble?

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Did you know 70% of the Queensland population participates in gambling?

People gamble for many reasons, but some behaviours and motivations can be warning signs for gambling harm. 

In this blog post, we’re going to discuss three common pathways to gambling harm: behavioural, emotional, and biological.

These are a reference point to help understand why some people might have a higher risk of experiencing gambling harm.

Tips for Setting Financial Goals and Budgeting

Thursday, 2 June 2022

A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions around money. In fact, two in five (42%) Australians reported wanting to save more money or reduce their spending in 2021. 

Setting financial goals and developing a budget are great ways to take control of your finances. It can also help you keep track of your gambling habits and set limits.

This can help you understand your spending patterns, decide what’s important to you, and make changes to get closer to where you want to be. But it can also be hard to know where to start.

Signs Someone May Have a Gambling Problem

Monday, 30 May 2022

Gambling can be a common recreational activity for some Aussies. In fact, 70% of Queenslanders participate in some form of gambling.

Whether it’s buying a lotto ticket or placing a bet at the races, there are more ways to gamble anywhere, at any time, than ever before.

This makes it more important than ever to know how to gamble safely, which can look like:

Benefits of Discussing Money Early in Your Relationship

Monday, 16 May 2022

A recent survey by Afterpay found over 50% of Australians would consider breaking up with their partner for having different money habits. But 15% of Australians have never talked about money in their previous or current relationship.

How has COVID impacted gambling?

Friday, 13 May 2022

COVID has impacted us all in one way or another, changing the daily lives of many.

Early on, COVID caused disruptions to the gambling industry with lockdowns, venue closures, and major sporting event cancellations.

This limited access to many forms of gambling, which may have contributed to an increase in online gambling.

Why is it difficult to stop gambling?

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Are you impacted by your gambling, but as much as you’d like to, you find it hard to stop?

If gambling is causing you stress but you continue to chase the feeling of excitement it gives, this could be a sign of problem gambling.

Once there’s an awareness that gambling may be impacting your life, it’s very normal for it to take a toll on your emotions, causing a sense of guilt and shame. And these feelings can actually increase your urges to gamble.

Gambling and Alcohol

Thursday, 23 December 2021

Drinking and gambling go hand in hand for some people.

One of the things that can make gambling more complex is the relationship with alcohol and the potential to overlap. An Australian study found alcohol featured strongly in betting behaviour, with 64% of young men saying they had bet on sports while drinking.

This might not surprise you as a lot of people do their betting at the local pub, and pokies are often in venues that serve alcohol.


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