Responsible Gambling Duties & Signs of Harms
Common signs of gambling harm are when someone is developing some sort of risky play behaviour or experiencing some sort of harm related to gambling. Those indicators are quite common and well-documented.
These are things like changes in personality related to gambling in particular.
There are a lot of issues that people experience in relationships. They might be missing family events to gamble, preoccupied, there but not there. They might be at the dinner table, but really their mind is on the sporting event and the bet they have on it.
So, there’s a lot of preoccupation, there can be hot behaviours that are hiding what they’re doing. A lot of shame and isolation and stigma come with having high-harm gambling involvement.
Evolution of Gambling Phraseology
As the field has evolved, we’ve moved from the language of addiction or pathological or disordered gambling, which are all the words we used to describe a person addicted to gambling or a problem gambler.
Now we use the language around harms and risks. When someone is playing in a way that’s risky or harmful, we can describe the behaviours as opposed to labelling the person, and that’s been a really important evolution.
Providing Safer Gambling Experiences
The other thing that is important to say when thinking about issues related to addiction or harmful or risky behaviours related to gambling is that gambling itself as an activity needs to be provided safely. It’s not only the responsibility of the person who’s gambling to ensure that it’s a safe experience.
The responsibility is also on the gaming manufacturer and designer and the regulator to ensure that the games are offered in an environment that has some sort of circle of care for customers should they start experiencing some sort of problems. Operators should also provide gaming in a way that doesn’t misrepresent or mislead people who choose to play about the odds of winning and encourage them to think that their chances are better than they are.
So, it’s the responsibility of the person who gambles to make an informed choice for sure, but they need good information to make that choice. That’s where the regulators and operators have an equally important responsibility and duty of care for people who gamble.
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