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Gamblers Self-Assessment
Do you think your gambling is out of control? Do you think you have a gambling problem?

The following questions were taken directly from Gamblers Anonymous. Answer the following 20 questions to help determine if you have a gambling problem. An assessment of your score will show after you complete the questionnaire.
TWENTY QUESTIONS:
  1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?

  2. Yes No

  3. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?

  4. Yes No

  5. Did gambling affect your reputation?

  6. Yes No

  7. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?

  8. Yes No

  9. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?

  10. Yes No

  11. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?

  12. Yes No

  13. After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?

  14. Yes No

  15. After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?

  16. Yes No

  17. Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?

  18. Yes No

  19. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?

  20. Yes No

  21. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?

  22. Yes No

  23. Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?

  24. Yes No

  25. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?

  26. Yes No

  27. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?

  28. Yes No

  29. Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness?

  30. Yes No

  31. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?

  32. Yes No

  33. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?

  34. Yes No

  35. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?

  36. Yes No

  37. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?

  38. Yes No

  39. Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

  40. Yes No


Problem gambling can be a matter of life or death, but hope and help are just a call away. Please call 1-800-426-2537 (free, confidential, 24/7) to speak to a problem gambling counselor to determine if you have a gambling problem. Self-help programs, counseling and treatment services can help you to stop gambling and return to a healthier way of thinking and living.


Office of Problem Gambling (OPG)
1616 Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 997377 MS-8700
Sacramento, CA 95899
Office: (916) 327-8611
E-Mail: OPG@cdph.ca.gov
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