Gambling Assessment

Gamblers Anonymous asks new members the following questions:

  • Do you lose time from work due to gambling?
  • Does gambling make your home life unhappy?
  • Does gambling affect your reputation?
  • Do you ever feel remorse after gambling?
  • Do you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or to otherwise solve financial difficulties?
  • Does gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
  • After losing, do you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
  • After a win, do you have a strong urge to return and win more?
  • Do you often gamble until your last dollar is gone?
  • Do you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
  • Do you ever sell anything to finance gambling?
  • Are you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
  • Does gambling make you careless about the welfare of your family?
  • Do you ever gamble longer than you planned?
  • Do you ever gamble to escape worry or trouble?
  • Do you ever commit, or consider committing, an illegal act to finance your gambling?
  • Does gambling cause you to have difficulty sleeping?
  • Do arguments, disappointments, or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
  • Do you have an urge to celebrate good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
  • Do you ever consider self-destruction as a result of your gambling?

Compulsive gamblers usually answer yes to at least seven of the twenty questions.

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