If you feel that you can’t control your gambling, there are preventive measures you can take to limit the harm you can cause. One of the main things you can do is to pursue a self-exclusion scheme. Self exclusion involves asking a gambling provider to prohibit you from gambling with them for a set amount of time, anywhere from six months to five years.
When it comes to self-exclusion, the onus is on you to identify the gambling venues and sites that you usually visit, and get in touch with them to follow their self-exclusion protocol. Although this might feel embarrassing, it’s important to remember that the members of staff in these establishments have been trained to handle these scenarios and will be understanding and compassionate.
Currently, Ireland doesn’t have a multi-operator self-exclusion scheme like you will find in the UK, either for land-based or online gambling. This means that you will need to make an effort to self-exclude at any and all local betting shops, casinos or arcades that you normally visit, one by one.
For online gambling, you will find self-exclusion to be an easier process. All online gambling sites with an Irish Betting Licence are required to provide a facility for you to self-exclude from their services, which can normally be found in their ‘Responsible Gambling’ or similarly named section. Failing that, you should be able to access a self-exclusion form through your personal account page, and if not, make sure to contact the company’s customer service department to find out why.
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