I like to think of myself as a pretty responsible guy, so it’s important for me to touch on something that I think should be a priority for all of us – responsible gambling in Ireland. There are plenty of reports and stats that show in Ireland we like a bit of a flutter. We’re some of the biggest sports gamblers (everyone puts a few euros on their favourite horse, right?) and many of us have tried our hand at online casinos every now and then. While many of us enjoy online casinos in Ireland as a bit of fun, for some it does become a problem. I wouldn’t feel like a very responsible adult if I didn’t cover responsible gambling in Ireland, so here’s my guide on how to recognise the warning signs and what to do when the fun stops…
Problem gambling signs
There are plenty of signs to look out for, if you’re potentially worried about your gambling. Here are some of the problem gambling signs to keep an eye out for:
- Spending more money on gambling than you can afford
- Finding it hard to manage or even stop gambling
- Getting yourself into debt through online casinos or sportsbooks
- Lying and hiding your gambling from other people
- Borrowing money or selling possessions to continue gambling
- Having to gamble with larger amounts of money to get the same excitement or buzz
There are plenty more problem gambling signs, many of which you can find here. However, if you tick any of the above boxes then it might be that you need to seek support for a gambling addiction.
Responsible gambling in Ireland – Where to get help
Luckily, there are plenty of free, non-judgemental organisations in Ireland that will provide support if you have a gambling problem. One of the most well-known is GambleAware in Ireland, which will help you recognise if there is an issue, provide support and assistance for yourself, and provide help for your family and loved ones too. They’re often known as the crux of responsible gambling in Ireland, so they’re a good place to start. You can call to speak to a counsellor for free, and everything you say to them will be confidential. Their contact details are:
GambleAware Ireland – 1800 753 753
There are various other smaller organisations and charities who can also provide similar services. Gamblers Anonymous is perfect if you want to speak to others who are attempting to recover or who have recovered from a gambling addiction. Meetings are held all around Ireland and you can find your local GA group here.
There is also an organisation known as Problem Gambling Ireland who have various resources, along with an email and callback service for those worried about their gambling. You can access their website and the resources they provide right here.
Responsible gambling in Ireland is something that we should all be more mindful of. While having a flutter can be an enjoyable experience, it’s important to stop when the fun stops. And if you’re worried about a loved one then the organisations I’ve mentioned above will also be able to help you, too.