It’s rarely easy to decide how much is just right. How do you know if you’re eating just the right amount? And how much exercise, alcohol or computer gaming is actually just right?
When it comes to gambling, there are two factors that it is important to consider: how much money we spend on gambling, and how much time is spent. There are no truths about how much money or time is just right, as we people all exist under different conditions. Some people have lots of free time, but not so much money. Others live stressful lives, but are in a good financial situation.
But the important thing is that gambling does not affect other areas of life in a negative way. If one area of your life expands at the expense of other important areas, it’s a case of too much of a good thing.
A person who can’t afford to go on holiday because the money went on gambling is probably gambling too much. The same is probably true of someone who chooses to spend Saturday evening gambling instead of socialising with family or friends. So, a simple rule of thumb might be: don’t gamble more than you can afford to lose, and don’t spend more time on gambling than however long feels good.