In tough economic times, it is not uncommon for individuals to dream about winning the big cash prize or jackpot by gambling on their favourite activities.
Albertans are reminded that gambling is entertainment and not a way to make money as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week running May 3-10.
Now in its 10th year, the week is sponsored by the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) to raise awareness of responsible gambling and the availability of prevention and treatment programs if gambling becomes a problem.
“Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is part of AGLC’s commitment to social responsibility to ensure Albertans have the information and resources to make informed choices when participating in gambling activities. With responsible gambling programs like GameSense, SMART Training programs, and responsible gambling features on machines, AGLC is continuing its efforts to encourage players to access information that will help promote healthy gaming behaviours.”
- Bill Robinson, President and CEO, AGLC
The week is promoted in Alberta’s casinos, racing entertainment centres, and vlt locations.
It highlights a number of responsible gambling initiatives that educate those involved in gambling – both players and gambling venue staff – about the realities of gambling, including the odds and randomness of different games as well as the myths and facts about the actual costs of play.
Partners in Responsible Gambling Awareness Week include Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, the Alberta Charitable Casino Operators, the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association, Restaurants Canada and Bingo Alberta.
For more information about the week and its events as well as responsible and problem gambling resources, visit GameSense or your nearest GameSense information centre.
If you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, contact the Alberta Health Services Addiction Line at 1-866-332-2322.