Aussies love to gamble. In fact, research shows around 6.8 million Australians are regular gamblers, spending money on one or more gambling activities each month.
From having a flutter on the pokies to backing our favourite team in the big game, gambling is a widely accepted and enjoyed form of entertainment in our culture.
But when gambling goes from harmless fun to risky behaviour, it can have serious impacts on the individual and the people around them.
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) is an annual event that encourages gamblers to stay within their limits and highlights the support available to people who are worried about their gambling, or that of someone they know.
This year, RGAW will be held in Queensland from 27 July to 2 August 2020.
The theme is Getting help is a safe bet. This is a reminder to stop, take a breath, and think about your gambling.
Normal RGAW events have been cancelled due to social distancing restrictions, but we’ll be sharing helpful information and resources on the RAQ Facebook page throughout the week.
If you need help with your gambling, Relationships Australia QLD provides free and confidential help through the Gambling Help Service program. You can learn about the program here, or call the 24/7 Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858.