Check your blindspot: prob­lem gam­bling

Seaway News - - CLASSIFIED ADS SECTION - Check Your Blind Spot: Check Your Blind Spot: Check Your Blind Spot: Check Your Blind Spot: Check Your Blind Spot: Check your Blind Spot: The Re­spon­si­ble Gam­bling Coun­cil grate­fully ac­knowl­edges the Govern­ment of On­tario for its sup­port of Within

June 21 to June 27 is Prob­lem Gam­bling Pre­ven­tion Week in Corn­wall. Ac­cord­ing to the Re­spon­si­ble Gam­bling Coun­cil (RGC), an es­ti­mated 11, 200 peo­ple are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a mod­er­ate to se­vere gam­bling prob­lem in the Coun­ties of Fron­tenac, La­nark, Leeds and Grenville and Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry.

New find­ings by the Re­spon­si­ble Gam­bling Coun­cil shows that On­tar­i­ans are very knowl­edge­able at rec­og­niz­ing risky gam­bling be­hav­iour in oth­ers, but fall short when it comes to iden­ti­fy­ing their own po­ten­tially risky be­hav­iour when gam­bling.

The sur­vey (fielded by Ip­sos-Reid) shows that 92% could rec­og­nize at least one risky gam­bling be­hav­iour in some­one else. But when re­flect­ing on their own gam­bling ex­pe­ri­ence, one in five re­port that they have en­gaged in at least one of these risky be­hav­iours them­selves in the past 12 months. These ‘blind spots’ could, if left unchecked and ig­nored, lead to a po­ten­tial gam­bling prob­lem.

The three most com­mon blind spots re­ported were: spend­ing a lot more money on gam­bling than in­tended (13%); los­ing track of time while gam­bling (12%); and try­ing to win back gam­bling losses (11%). Gam­blers were less likely to iden­tify these sig­nals as risky gam­bling be­hav­iour than the over­all pop­u­la­tion.

“Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing any of these blind spots at one time doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily add up to a gam­bling prob­lem,” says Jon Kelly, CEO, Re­spon­si­ble Gam­bling Coun­cil. “The im­por­tant thing is, if you see a num­ber of these blind spots in your life, or in the life of some­one you care about, give your­self a re­al­ity check. In the Coun­ties of Fron­tenac, La­nark, Leeds and Grenville and Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry, an es­ti­mated 11,200 peo­ple are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a mod­er­ate to se­vere gam­bling prob­lem. RGC wants peo­ple in Corn­wall to check their blind spot now, to avoid a prob­lem in the fu­ture.”

“A gam­bling prob­lem isn’t some­thing that sud­denly ap­pears,” ex­plains Paula An­to­ni­azzi, Pro­gram Di­rec­tor, Re­spon­si­ble Gam­bling Coun­cil. “In our re­search, peo­ple with first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence with a gam­bling prob­lem have told us, ‘I didn’t see it com­ing.’ There are usu­ally early warn­ing signs that can tip you off to a po­ten­tial prob­lem.”

Corn­wall res­i­dents can ac­cess lo­cal help at Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices of East­ern On­tario (613-936-9236 ext 112) or by call­ing the On­tario Prob­lem Gam­bling Helpline at 1- 888-230-3505. For more in­for­ma­tion about po­ten­tial gam­bling blind spots, lo­cal Within Lim­its events and prob­lem gam­bling re­sources, visit: www.check­y­our­blindspot.ca. Kelly says RGC blind spots, or unchecked and cases, lead to a

Early Warn­ing Signs:

re­search iden­ti­fied six be­hav­iours that, if left ig­nored, could, in some prob­lem in the fu­ture:

1. Of­ten spend­ing more money than you in­tended.

De­cide how much money you can af­ford to lose be­fore you play. When you reach that limit, it’s time to call it a day.

2. Los­ing all track of time when you gam­ble.

RGC sug­gests de­cid­ing how much time you can af­ford to spend gam­bling. When you hit that limit, quit.

3. Gam­bling with money needed es­sen­tials like gro­ceries or rent.

RGC ex­perts rec­om­mend only us­ing money you’ve set aside for en­ter­tain­ment. Never use money for ne­ces­si­ties like rent, gro­ceries or bills.

4. Hav­ing few in­ter­ests out­side of gam­bling.

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Keep your life bal­anced with other ac­tiv­i­ties, don’t look at gam­bling as your only source of en­ter­tain­ment.

5. Hid­ing your gam­bling from fam­ily or friends.

Ask your­self why you feel it’s nec­es­sary to hide this in­for­ma­tion. Are you spend­ing too much time or money gam­bling? Are there other blind spots you’re not see­ing?

6. Try­ing to win back money that you’ve lost.

Never chase losses. If you lose money, never try to get it back by go­ing over your limit. This usu­ally leads to even big­ger losses.

Re­spon­si­ble Gam­bling Coun­cil:

The Re­spon­si­ble Gam­bling Coun­cil (RGC) is an in­de­pen­dent, non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to prob­lem gam­bling pre­ven­tion. RGC de­signs and delivers highly ef­fec­tive aware­ness pro­grams. Through the RGC Cen­tre for the Ad­vance­ment of Best Prac­tices, the Coun­cil also pro­motes the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and adop­tion of best prac­tices in prob­lem gam­bling pre­ven­tion.

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