Wednesday, June 18, 2008

20 Questions for Gamblers

Gamblers Anonymous asks its new members to answer the following "20 Questions" in order to determine the severity of their gambling addiction:

  1. Have you ever lost time from work 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 ever caused a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?

  7. After losing, do you feel you must return as soon as possible to win back your losses?

  8. After winning, do you have a strong urge to return and win more?

  9. Do you often gamble until you run out of money?

  10. Have you ever borrowed money to finance your gambling?

  11. Have you ever sold anything to finance your gambling?

  12. Are you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?

  13. Does gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself and your family?

  14. Do you ever gamble longer than planned?

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

  16. Have you ever committed or considered committing an illegal act to finance gambling?

  17. Has gambling ever caused you to have difficulty sleeping?

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

  19. Do you ever get the urge to celebrate any good fortune with a few hours of gambling?

  20. Have you ever considered self destruction as a result of your gambling?

If you answered "yes" to seven or more of these questions, you may have a gambling addiction problem.

See also;

Gambling Addiction: The Problem, the Pain and the Path to Recovery

Gambling Addiction: The Problem, the Pain and the Path to Recovery

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