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Problem gambling - Do you have a gambling problem?

The following 20 questions may help you determine if you have a gambling problem.

Most compulsive gamblers will answer "yes" to at least seven of these questions. If you answer "yes" to at least seven questions, you may want to attend a local Gamblers Anonymous meeting or call 1-800-333-HOPE.

  1. Have you ever missed work or school due to gambling?

  2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?

  3. Has gambling affected your reputation?

  4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?

  5. Have you ever gambled to get money to pay debts or solve financial difficulties?

  6. Has gambling caused 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 expenses?

  13. Has gambling made you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?

  14. Have you ever gambled longer than you had planned?

  15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?

  16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, a crime to finance gambling?

  17. Do you have difficulty sleeping because of gambling?

  18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create an urge to gamble?

  19. Have you ever had an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?

  20. Have you ever considered suicide because of your gambling?

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