Freephone Advice Line
Free from mobiles & landlines
Confidential Impartial Accredited

Can a gambling addict ever bet responsibly?

At Port of Call, we completely understand that quitting gambling altogether is a difficult task. As is the case with any addiction, if it was easy to quit – there would be no need for support like we offer.

Gambling can be a destructive addiction, given the financial implications of excessive betting.

Those who are looking to gamble more responsibly, without necessarily cutting out entirely, should consider a few points before placing a bet.

The below list was compiled by and explains the actions of someone who gambles responsibly:

  • Gambles for fun, not as a way of making money
  • Knows when to stop and don’t try to ‘chase’ losses
  • Puts rent, bills, food and essential outgoings before gambling
  • Doesn’t borrow money in order to gamble
  • Puts family and friends before their relationship with gambling

Gambling, whether in a shop, casino or online, should be a way to have fun. That was not the case for Pete from Birmingham, who got in touch with Port of Call to help with his addiction. Read Pete’s story and take inspiration in his journey.

If abstinence isn’t what you are seeking, we encourage you to think about the below points before placing your next bet:

  • Only gamble with money you can afford to lose
  • Set yourself a limit
  • Don’t chase losses
  • Don’t bet when under the influence of alcohol
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Don’t consider gambling as a source of income
  • Balance gambling with other activities that you enjoy

Why not take a read of our how to stop a gambling addiction blog? Here we look into how gambling has evolved into the online world, how best to acknowledge your addiction, accepting help and stopping for good.

With a further understanding comes a better chance to overcome your gambling addiction. We recommend educating yourself on the industry and urge you to become familiar with the help available.

Much like drug abuse, alcoholism and depression, gambling addiction is an illness – but one that can be treated.

If gambling is causing serious problems in your life and you recognise the need for professional help, get in touch with our team of dedicated professionals at to find out how we can support you.

Additionally, we suggest you visit our directory to find your nearest rehab centre and start on your path to a life away from gambling addiction.

Call today for free & confidential advice on 08000029010 (International: +44 161 674 9049)

Call back request

Call back Widget - Rehabs

“I wanted somewhere caring and compassionate. Not a boot camp approach. I’m sober 6 months on”

Susan from Wolverhampton

Our Promise

  • Help with the next step in tackling your addiction.
  • Support in helping a family member or colleague with an addiction.
  • The right help at the right time based on your needs.
  • A confidential assessment by an addictions specialist.
We work with all the major insurers:
Call us now