**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|
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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
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