According to statistics from the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), two to three percent of Americans are problem gamblers. Beabetterbettor.com fully supports responsible gaming and encourages problem gamblers to seek help. If you think you may be a problem gambler, the following checklist developed by Gambler's Anonymous may assist you, or someone you love in taking the critical first step of recognizing the problem.
Here are some additional tips for responsible gambling:
- Have a budget for gambling and stick to it
- Avoid chasing losses
- Treat gambling as a form of entertainment only
- Determine how much time you will spend gambling before you gamble
- Do not mix gambling with drug/alcohol use
- Do not use gambling to escape reality
- Never gamble more than you can afford to lose
Prevention of Underage Gambling
In conjunction with its mission of advocating for responsible gaming for legal participants, Beabetterbettor.com only supports sportsbooks that require users to be at least 18 years of age. To this end, all sportsbooks endorsed at have strict policies and procedures to prevent the occurrence of underage gambling. For parents with children under 18 who have access to a computer, parental control software is advised.
The links below contain parental control software resources:
Self Exclusion & Resources for Problem Gamblers
If at any time, you feel that you cannot gamble responsibly, it is advised to contact the sportsbook directly and ask that your account be permanently disabled.
If you have, or feel that you may be in danger of developing a gambling problem, there are a wealth of resources available. It's important to remember that you don't have to face this problem alone and that many problem gamblers are able to lead normal lives again once they seek help for their problem/addiction. Remember that when gambling is no longer fun, or it causes problems at work/home, it's time to get help.