Questions for a Gambler

compulsive gambler

If you think you may be a compulsive gambler or have a serious problem, here are some questions to ask yourself (or get someone to ask you).

There’s no point in lying – especially to yourself – especially now.

So be as honest as you can!


Am I a Compulsive Gambler?

1Would your friends and family say you are a gambling addict?
2Have you ever tried to stop or control your gambling?
3Do you gamble longer than you planned?
4Do you often gamble until your cash is gone and your account/cards are empty?
5Do you lose time from work due to gambling?
6Is gambling making your home life unhappy?
7Has gambling ever cost you a job or other opportunity?
8Is gambling causing a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
9Have you ever felt guilty after gambling?
10Do you wake up in the morning and feel an urge to return to gambling?
11Do you plan your day around your gambling?
12Have you ever borrowed money to fund your gambling or got into financial difficulties?
13Does your gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
14Do you ever gamble to escape worry or trouble?
15Do you feel the need to celebrate or reward yourself with a bit of gambling?
16Do arguments, disappointments, or frustration create within you an urge to gamble?
17Does your gambling make you careless of the welfare of your family?
18Have you ever sold anything to finance your gambling?
19Are you finding you need more gambling & bigger bets to get the same excitement?
20Do you gamble alone?
21Do you lie to cover up your gambling?
22Have you ever considered killing yourself as a result of your gambling?


Compulsive Gambler Results – How did you do?

  • 1-4 PointsA person without a problem / addiction will typically score 4 or less, but there are still signs
    of a problem beginning that you need to address before they get worse
  • 5-12 PointsA person with a compulsion or full blown addiction will say YES
    to at least 5 of the questions
  • 13-22 PointsA person is who is no longer in control of their gambling activity will answer YES to 13 questions or more, and certainly YES to:

[Qu.2]: have you ever tried to stop before
[Qu.19]: lying to keep your gambling secret


If you score over 5 then you’re in the most expensive club in the world to join.

And you need to contact GA or Gamcare pronto.


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