It’s that time of year again, the spring racing carnival is upon us and this can be both a very exciting and dangerous time for those who love a punt. For those of you who do, now would be a good time to start thinking about how you will control your gambling or even stop betting during this time.
It is really easy to get carried away in the whole excitement and adrenalin rush, particularly if you actually attend the races.
Everyone dresses up, there is a huge party mood, you drink more alcohol than you intended and next thing you know you have less control and fewer inhibitions. This is where it is easy to lose control of your gambling and behave more recklessly, either because you are on the high of winning or experiencing the lows and desperation of losing.
Try to control what money you take with you or have access to. If you plan to control your gambling, set a dollar amount that you are happy to lose and accept that it probably will be lost.
Try not to get caught up in all the media hype about the races. It is ok to have fun, but you still want it to be fun at the end of the day.
It is really important for you to have a look at your behaviour around your gambling and plan what you want to achieve. Keep to your strategies, stay true to your goals and yourself, even on the day that stops the nation.