Alcohol lowers inhibitions, as we all well know, and makes anything seem like a good idea. Therefore it can interrupt your ability to make a sensible decision, and a bad decision might end up seeming like a very good idea. That’s not good.
Then, if you combine alcohol and the Internet, and you could have a bad mix on your hands.
Managing Your Time
Both alcohol and any online activity can act as time warps – ever been in a club for what feels like twenty minutes, online to find out that it’s actually two a.m. and the bouncer is not your friend? Or had a ‘quick look online’ for Christmas presents and managed to spend an entire evening on Amazon? So combining the two together can be deadly for those who have time and budget limits for their online gambling.
Managing Your Budget
Alcohol and gaming both cost money. For those who have gambling budgets this isn’t such a problem, although a glass of wine or four might make gamblers inclined to over step their budget. Drinking can also make you a bit morose, which can lead to reckless or ill-considered behaviour (like putting your life savings on red, because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?) that can damage your finances.
Online gambling and alcohol mix less well than live gambling because there isn’t the same ‘party’ atmosphere. Online casinos don’t have tall, good-looking women walking around handing out drinks – there are no distractions. Therefore it gets easier to enjoy yourself, Lucky Nugget’s Canadian casino offers great games, some of the most popular ones out there and without distractions, it’s easier to concentrate on the game. Behavioural scientists have made links between alcohol and gambling addiction in the past – both are repetitive, both are habit forming, and both should be handled with care. Unlike in a ‘bricks and mortar’ casino, online casinos can’t tell if you’ve had enough – so it’s up to you to monitor your behavior.
Moderation is Key
Everything in moderation can lead to a very good time indeed. Both gambling and drinking have to be approached with a healthy mind set, which means doing neither too much or for too long. Online gambling is a fantastic hobby when well-managed, so why ruin it with drink? The Australian Government has this very interesting page about alcohol and gambling, when they mix well and when they don’t.