Do you suspect you might have a problem?
If so, we suggest you take this questionnaire. If
you answer “yes” to seven or more questions, according to Gamblers
Anonymous it is possible that you are a compulsive gambler, and should
seek help controlling your gambling habit.
- 1. Have you ever missed school or work
because of gambling?
- 2. Has your home life been negatively
affected by your gambling?
- 3. Has your reputation been affected by
- 4. Have you ever tried to solve financial
problems or pay off debts by gambling?
- 5. When you lose, do you feel a strong urge
to keep playing in order to win back your losses?
- 6. When you win, do you feel a strong urge
to keep playing in order to win more?
- 7. Have you repeatedly gambled your money
away (down to the last dollar)?
- 8. Have you ever financed your gambling by
- 9. Have you ever financed your gambling by
- 10. Have you ever stopped yourself from
using "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
- 11. Have you ever gambled at the expense of
your family's welfare?
- 12. Have you ever gambled for longer than
- 13. Have you ever thought about/committed an
illegal act to fund your gambling?
- 14. Have you had difficulty sleeping as a
result of your gambling?
- 15. When frustrated, do you have an urge to
- 16. When you want to celebrate good fortune,
does gambling sound like a good way to do so?
- 17. Have you ever felt regret after
- 18. Have you ever experienced a decrease in
efficiency or ambition as a resulting of your gambling?
- 19. Have you ever gambled in an attempt to
avoid everyday worries and/or troubles?
- 20. Has gambling ever caused you to consider
Staying in Control
While it’s not advisable to do so, you may go
over your gambling budget every once in a while. It is not, however,
acceptable to gamble beyond your means a regular basis.
In order to keep spending under control, we
strongly advise that you set yourself an affordable, well-defined budget
whenever you choose to gamble.
While gambling can be an entertaining experience,
you should always be conscious of how much time and money you intend to
spend before you begin.
Here are some basic tips to help you gamble responsibly:
- Decide how much you’re willing to lose
before you begin playing, and never go over that amount.
- Do not borrow money to gamble.
- Choose a time limit, and stick to it.
- Take frequent breaks.
- Engage in other activities for fun, besides
- Never gamble when you're worried, stressed
- Only use money that you’ve
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