Test Yourself… Are you a compulsive gambler?

Are you more preoccupied with gambling than you or your family and friends find reasonable? Are you convinced that happiness will be yours, or that all your financial problems will be solved, if only your winnings were big enough?

Do you feel that it’s only a matter of patience, a question of perseverance, before it’s your turn to be lucky?

The following ten questions may be of help to you in assessing your own situation:

If you answer yes to five or more of the questions, your diagnose is that you suffer from compulsive gambling. Answering yes to three or four of the questions indicates that you have a gambling problem. And if you answer yes to one or two of the questions – you run a risk of future gambling troubles.

  • Are you preoccupied with gambling? Do you forget everything else when you gamble or think about gambling?
  • Do you need to bet more money more frequently in order to experience the same kick?
  • Do you become restless or irritated when you have to leave a game?
  • Do you often gamble to escape worries or troubles?
  • After losing, do you feel the need to return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
  • Do you lie in order to hide your gambling activities from your family and friends?
  • Have you ever committed an illegal act, e.g. credit card fraud, theft or embezzlement, to finance your gambling?
  • Have you lost, or risked losing, your friends or your job, or been forced to drop out of your education, because of gambling?
  • Have you been forced to rely on others, e.g. family, friends or an institution, to solve the financial difficulties which result from your gambling?
  • Have you tried repeatedly to bring your gambling under control, or to stop completely, without success?

Please consult our “Treatment Options” page if you need help with the treatment of your gambling problems.