Gambling can be enjoyable and entertaining, yet can have devastating results if managed irresponsibly. Gambling responsibly involves making wise choices with regard to money, time and other resources so as to not negatively impact other areas of life – this is only achievable if you follow these important tips.

As the first step of responsible gambling, understanding that gambling costs money is key. Before setting any budget or spending limit for each gambling session, make sure you know what amount can afford and set one beforehand. Also set a time limit per gambling session and adhere strictly to it – never gamble away money that was set aside for rent or food expenses!

Gambling should also be avoided when under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, or when experiencing strong emotions such as anger or depression – these could compromise your judgment and lead to hasty decisions which could result in considerable losses.

Always be honest about your gambling habits with friends and family; any deceit will only harm relationships further. If you feel awkward talking to people directly about it, speak to a trusted friend first or seek nonjudgmental assistance from GamCare for support.

Gamble only when feeling happy and upbeat; never try to win back losses by gambling under such circumstances as this could lead to further financial burden. Take a step back, assess the situation and only return when feeling mentally clear-headed enough.

Avoid being lured in by free drinks and casino comps; don’t gamble just to earn them! Remember your budget and any winnings should be seen as bonuses rather than requirements of future visits.

Make sure to tip dealers and cocktail waitresses. Their hard work in providing an enjoyable experience warrants at least some token of your gratitude – this will demonstrate your care for them, increasing the odds that you receive exceptional service in future from them.

Try to strike a balance between gambling and your other interests or hobbies. If gambling becomes unhealthy and takes away too much of your time from work, socialising or caring for family, it should be addressed immediately before it spirals out of control.