As the spring racing carnival gathers pace ahead of this year’s Melbourne Cup, a Lifeline H2H Gambling Help counsellor has warned of inherent dangers for problem gamblers―and even for occasional punters.
“High profile events like the Melbourne Cup can expose people to the risk of either starting―or worsening―a problem gambling habit,” says Jeanette Svehla.
“As we get closer to cup day, with all the pre-cup events and commentary, it’s hard to avoid the hype and, unfortunately, increased sports betting advertising,” Ms Svehla said.
“Having a flutter can be innocent enough, but we’re encouraging friends and family to use the carnival as an opportunity to start a conversation with someone who might be at risk of problem gambling,” said Jeanette Svehla.
This week, Lifeline launches another of its six-week Gambling Help support groups, Wednesday nights from 7 pm to 9 pm, starting on 26 October. See here for more details.
Lifeline also offers face-to-face Gambling Help counselling and financial counselling for habitual gamblers and concerned family members. Details here.
Photo by Chris Phutully from Australia [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons