Nearly 67% of all college students bet on sports, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling. This figure doesn’t even include the percentage who bet on the lottery, card games or at casinos. If you choose to gamble*, here are some tips, strategies and resources that can help you avoid risky gambling habits and get help if needed.
Setting limits around how much money and time you spend on gambling can help you avoid unwanted consequences.
Here are some tips and strategies you can use to mitigate financial risks and significant losses:
Gambling can, at times, have addictive qualities with effects similar to other addictions. Be mindful of maintaining balance by ensuring you are continuing to engage in other activities by:
Think back over the past 12 months and ask yourself:
Recognizing red flags in the way you gamble can help ensure that your gambling does not get out of control. You can take this quick quiz to assess your gambling habits in the past 12 months.
You may also want to read more about the science behind gambling. This article will show you how your brain’s reaction to wins and losses can create habits that are hard to break. A better understanding of this may assist you in knowing when to take a break from gambling.
Besides the potential financial risks, problem gambling can increase your risk of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and relationship issues. If you are struggling, there are resources and programs available to support you including: