Sweden Supports Responsible Online Gambling by New Law Amendments
Originally online gambling was designed to give players the chance to win with every spin or belt they place. It was created to be a pleasant way of entertainment – play games and have fun. Additionally to this any entertainment should be safe and easy to use. Customers should enjoy playing either from the desktop of the PC or the mobile.
Responsible gambling has been taken by Sweden as a serious topic of discussion with the casino industry.
Laws about Gambling Addiction
Sweden has made new amendments to their Social Services Act and Health Care Act in an attempt to provide awareness and to find a solution to gambling addiction. Nowadays gambling addiction has been classified as serious as alcohol and drug addictions. Socialstyrelsen (The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare) has started a range of measure in supporting those who need it with regards to gambling addiction. Before the liberalization of gambling market Sweden has made recent changes. It is supposed that these amendments will come into force in 2018. The people who need help should visit their local health care facilities for support. Young people will be educated on the risks that gambling addiction provide as they have been educated about alcohol and drugs.
Christina Högblom from Socialstyrelsen commented that it is a problem in many parts of the country to get help for gambling addiction. She expressed optimism that with the recent amendments in legislation more people will be able to get the necessary help and assistance.
Gambling as a problem of addiction cannot be banned completely. In order for entertainment to be safe and fun, it is important to know that adults above the legal age are fully responsible for the actions they do and ensure a safe playing environment.
There are some ways for practicing responsible gambling:
- Organize your budget and be strict with it. If you know the amount of money you have set to spent, you can play and then stop. Usually you would like to play once again your favorite casino game or make one more deposit, but it’s better to stick to your budget and do not regret afterwards.
- Stay sober. Never play at a land-based or online casino under the influence of alcohol. The decisions made while tipsy might be bad for your budget on the next day.
- Watch the clock. To give the illusion that time passes slowly, there aren’t clocks in land-based casinos. When you play at online casino you can keep the things under control by watching the clock or set the alarm. It is always easy to get sucked into playing your favorite game.
Try to keep a firm hand on your spending at an online casino and have fun with your favorite entertainment. Gamble with strict responsibility and if you find that you seem already addicted, ask for professional help as soon as possible.