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New Year, New You

Published: January 4, 2021

The start of a new year is the perfect opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start working toward new goals. Whether you have a long list to conquer or just a few top priorities, it is important to get a plan in place to help you work towards achieving what you set out to do. Get Set Before You Bet wants to add to that resolution list by having you look at your relationship with gambling and making necessary changes if you find you may be at-risk.

Here are five steps you can take to evaluate your gambling behaviors and make 2021 a safe and responsible year.

Step One: Re-Think Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions can sometimes be overwhelming or daunting. Instead of setting unrealistic goals that are unachievable, what small steps can you take this year to empower and support yourself? Rather than attempting to be perfect, focus on getting support where you need it, especially if you think you might be at-risk of problem gambling.

Step Two: Educate Yourself

When it comes to problem gambling, knowing the facts is an important step. Some signs of problem gambling include borrowing money for gambling, lying about how much time or money is spent on gambling, or bragging about wins and minimizing losses. Males 18-44, of any race or ethnicity, are the largest at-risk group, and women over the age of 50 and living in rural areas are more likely to be at-risk of problem gambling. Click here to learn more about the facts of problem gambling.

Step Three: Take the Quiz

Once you have learned some key facts, taking an honest look at your own gambling behavior is important. With the free, two-minute quiz at BeforeYouBet.Org, you will answer questions about your gambling activity in the last 12 months and gauge your risk level for problem gambling. Click here to take the quiz now.

Step Four: Practice Self-Compassion

Regardless of what the quiz reveals, you should always practice self-compassion. But if you take the quiz and see that your risk level is high for problem gambling, know you’re not alone. There are plenty of resources available in Ohio to help you get the treatment you need.  Be kind and remind yourself that it’s okay to ask for help.

Step Five: Get Help If You Need It

If you feel that you or a loved one is at-risk of problem gambling, help is always available. Don’t wait. You can call the gambling helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-589-9966. Click here for more information and resources.

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