If you think gambling is becoming a problem, you are not alone. Youth problem gamblers are increasing due to the popularity of poker and presence of online gambling, which is easy to access, no matter how old you are; gambling is also seen as being “cool” and is an activity that many of your friends may be participating in. If you are under the age of 19, please answer the following questions to find out if you are gambling responsibly.
- Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
- Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
- Did gambling affect your reputation?
- Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
- Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
- Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
- After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
- After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
- Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
- Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
- Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
- Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
- Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
- Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
- Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness?
- Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
- Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
- Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
- Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
- Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?
The following 20 questions were taken directly from Gamblers Anonymous. These questions will help determine if you have a gambling problem.
If you answered "yes" to at least six of the preceeding questions, it might indicate you are living with a problem or compulsive gambler.
If you want support and advice directly from a master’s level counselor trained in problem gambling and crisis management on what you can do, we recommend that you contact our free, confidential, 24/7 helpline at 1-800-GAMBLER (426-2537).