- Treat the money you gamble with as a cost of entertainment. Treat winnings as a bonus.
- Set a dollar limit and stick with it. Leave the ATM card at home. Decide beforehand how much you can ‘afford’ to lose.
- Expect to lose. Gambling is a business and the odds are against you. Accept losses as a recreational cost. When you go to see a movie, do you expect to come out with more money than you went in with?
- Leave your credit card at home.
- Know when to walk away... avoid chasing your losses.
- Create balance in your life. Gambling should be one of many activities that you engage in. If it starts to intrude on or replace friendships, family or work, it may be time to seek help.
- Avoid gambling as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain. There are plenty of ways to reduce stress in a healthier way. Please see http://studenthealth.missouri.edu/Stress for more details on stress management.
- Become educated about the warning signs of problem gambling.