Clubs and pubs say bet responsibly

DRINK coasters, posters and staff badges promoting responsible gambling will start appearing at local pubs and clubs this week.

As part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week and the NSW Government's Gambling Help services, the coasters are aimed at informing people about the issue of problem gambling.

The coasters are a result of a state-wide design competition for high school students.

“This is a great opportunity to take our message inside venues and reach millions of people this week and our local pubs and clubs have been great in supporting us,” Gambling Help psychologist Julie Curnow of Lifeline North Coast said.

John Rafferty, chief executive officer of the CEX Group, said local clubs and pubs were keen to take part in the week. “By talking about problem gambling, we can promote existing counselling services as well as get people thinking about how much they can afford to gamble before it becomes a problem,” he said. “The more we talk about problem gambling, the more we can remove the stigma that still surrounds it and ensure that the people who need help, get help.”

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