Do you feel that gambling affects your work?
Have you argued with friends or family about how much you gamble before?
Do people ever refer to you as a gambler or know you as one?
Do you feel guilty when you gamble and lose a lot of money?
Do you see gambling as a source of income?
Do you feel like you have to return to win back your losses after losing?
Is gambling the only thing you really want to win at?
Does winning inspire you to play until you win more?
Have you ever gambled till you’ve run out of cash before?
Have you had to borrow money in order to pay for gambling sessions?
Would you sell something personal for money to gamble with?
Do you consider ‘gambling money’ as excluded from normal household expenditure?
Does gambling literally mean everything to you?
Do you often gamble for longer than you thought you would?
Do you consider gambling to be an escape from stress?
Would you steal or commit an illegal act in order to raise money for your gambling?
Is your gambling a cause of worry and stress which affects all aspects of your life?
When having a hard day at work, do you get the urge to gamble?
Have you ever celebrated any good news by going gambling?
Does your gambling make you feel like escaping your life to the extent of considering suicide?
If your answer to seven or more of these questions was, ‘YES’, you should consider speaking to a professional as listed below:
National Council on Problem Gambling: 1-800-522-4700 or www.ncpgambling.org/
California Council on Compulsive Gambling: 1-800-GAMBLER or firstname.lastname@example.org
Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling: 888-ADMIT-IT or www.gamblinghelp.org
Gamblers Anonymous: www.gamblersanonymous.org
GamCare (UK-based): 0-845-600-0133 or http://www.gamcare.org.uk