DO I HAVE A GAMBLING PROBLEM?
Gamblers Anonymous has prepared this list of 20 questions designed to help people determine whether they are compulsive gamblers.
1. Do you lose time from work or school due to gambling?
2. Does gambling make your home life unhappy?
3. Does gambling affect your reputation?
4. Do you ever feel remorse after gambling?
5. Do you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
6. Does gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
7. After losing do you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
8. After a win do you have a strong urge to return and win more?
9. Do you often gamble until your last dollar is gone?
10. Do you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
12. Are you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
13. Does gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
14. Do you ever gamble longer than you have planned?
15. Do you gamble to escape worry or trouble?
16. Do you ever commit, or consider committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
17. Does gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
18. Do arguments, disappointments, or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
20. Do you ever consider self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?
Source: Gamblers Anonymous
Compulsive gamblers usually answer "yes" to at least seven of these questions. If you think you have a gambling problem, you may want to contact either the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey or Gamblers Anonymous.
If you or anyone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER.