Don't be a mug like Doug

Keep online gambling under control

You can watch the previous Doug the Mug video here.

At Incolink, we've been the financial, health and wellbeing safety net for the construction industry for over 30 years.

We surveyed A LOT of apprentices about gambling and one thing is very clear: heaps of you are keen on a punt, but many of you are worried about how easy it is to run into trouble.

We are not here to tell you what to do, but to give you some tools to keep a handle on it.

Think of this as a safe space where you can stay up-to-date with tips and tools to keep a handle on your betting. If you ever feel like you’re becoming a bit of a mug like Doug, reach out to Incolink’s wellbeing and support services and we can support you.

Know your limits

Betting apps, pokies and betting online are all designed to keep you gambling.

Problems with gambling can develop easily. Some of the early signs are thinking about gambling constantly, betting larger and larger amounts to chase the thrill, and feeling guilty about how much they’ve lost. If you can relate to any of these feelings, it might be time to think about whether you’re the one being played.

It can feel like the odds are stacked against you, but it is possible to gain control over your gambling.

Here’s what you need to keep in mind to stay ahead of the game:

Canadian research suggests that if you are earning between $30,000 - $70,000 a year, keep your betting to $30 - $60 per month. Any more than that and statistics show you’re in for financial trouble. And if you win, walk away.

Keep it under 4 times a month.

Keep it to two. If you are betting on sports, playing pokies, AND online casino gaming – that’s three.

Worried about your gambling? Incolink’s wellbeing and support services are available 24/7.

To learn more about how online gambling could be affecting you, try some of the links below.

It’s sometimes hard to know if your gambling is getting out of hand. A common reaction is to minimise it or deny that it’s causing harm. Some people may hide their gambling or start to lie about how much time and money they are spending on it.

When you gamble, do you know what your chances of winning really are? Discover the real odds of winning on some common forms of gambling.

When you think of the negative effects of gambling, certain things spring to mind such as money worries, relationship problems and feelings of regret.

Find out what effect your gambling is having on you and the people you care about.

Are you getting played?

Life is hectic.

Gambling can be a great way to connect with mates or distract you from life’s stresses. But remember, there’s nothing wrong with online gambling IF you keep it under control.

Here are some tips to make sure you’re not getting played:

Getting on the beers? Step away from the betting apps. If you really must, place a bet before a drinking session and keep away from opportunities to lose more than you would bet if you were sober.

The ads make it look like easy money. A bit of harmless fun. But when it comes to online gambling, you’re likely to lose more than you win. Think of gambling as an entertainment expense – just like buying a ticket to the movies.

Gambling more money than you can afford to lose can quickly lead to serious financial issues. Consider these tips for managing your money to help you stop or cut back on gambling.

Never try to win back money you’ve already lost by gambling more. Set your limits and stop when you hit them.

Decision-making can be more difficult when you're stressed or upset. Make sure you only gamble when you're feeling positive and clear headed.

Don’t make gambling your only pastime. When gambling becomes your only form of entertainment, it's unlikely that you're still just gambling for the fun of it, and your gambling may become harmful.

Not sure you have the zen-level self-control you need to resist a multi? Try banning yourself from gaming venues or online gambling. Read more about self exclusion.

Worried about your gambling? Incolink’s wellbeing and support services are available 24/7.

If more information is what you're looking for, try some of the links below.

There are four main reasons why people gamble:

  • for social reasons
  • for financial reasons
  • for entertainment reasons
  • for coping reasons

Consider these tips for managing your money to help you stop or cut back on gambling.

If you’ve noticed gambling is stopping you from achieving the things you want to do, it’s time to tackle it. Sometimes all you need are self-help tools and information to help you take some steps.

There are tools and apps to help you regain control of your gambling.

This initiative is supported by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

For free, confidential, 24/7 support, call Incolink on 1300 000 129, Gambler’s Help on 1800 858 858 or visit