How do I know If Gambling Is a Problem For Me?

**I really do get asked a lot by many who ask me how I knew I had a Problem with my Gambling. Well, first, I think we all seem to get a *Little Red Flag* when we know maybe we spent to much time at the casino, or playing a Video Poker/Slot Lottery machine, or it might feel that you REALLY spent a bit more $$$$ then you planned. So here is a GREAT Resource to check and see if you are gambling or indulging to much!

For me, when I went to my first Gamblers Anonymous meeting, it was the first piece of paper that was put in my hand, along with the Little Yellow Combo Book! Hope it helps!

 

20 Questions of Gamblers Anonymous http://www.gamblersanonymous.org

Are you a compulsive gambler?

Answer all 20 questions below and view our comments based on your answers.


1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to    gambling? Yes No
2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy? Yes No
3. Did gambling affect your reputation? Yes No
4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling? Yes No
5. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts    or otherwise solve financial difficulties? Yes No
6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or    efficiency? Yes No
7. After losing did you feel you must return as soon as    possible and win back your losses? Yes No
8. After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win    more? Yes No
9. Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone? Yes No
10. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling? Yes No
11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling? Yes No
12. Were you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal    expenditures? Yes No
13. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of  yourself    or your family? Yes No
14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned? Yes No
15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness? Yes No
16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an    illegal act to finance gambling? Yes No
17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping? Yes No
18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create    within you an urge to gamble? Yes No
19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by    a few hours of gambling? Yes No
20. Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a    result of your gambling? Yes No

You answered Yes to 0 questions

Most compulsive gamblers will answer  ‘Yes’ to at least 7 of   these questions.

If you feel you might be a compulsive gambler, have a gambling problem or have a desire to stop gambling, you can speak to someone right now by clicking here

Or click this link to find a Gamblers Anonymous meeting close to where you are.

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