Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc.

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1) Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
2) Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
3) Did gambling affect your reputation?
4) Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
5) Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
6) Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
7) After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
8) After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
9) Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
10) Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
11) Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
12) Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
13) Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
14) Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
15) Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom, loneliness, grief or loss?
16) Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
17) Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
18) Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
19) Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
20) Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of these questions.
Take One of The Tests
Test One: Do you fit the profile of a pathological gambler?


Persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as indicated by the individual exhibiting four (or more) of the following in a 12-month period:

1. Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement.

2. Is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling.

3. Has made repeated unsuccessful attempts to control, cut back, or stop gambling.

4. Is often preoccupied with gambling (e.g., having persistent thoughts of reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble).

5. Often gambles when feeling distressed (e.g., helpless, guilty, anxious, depressed).

6. After losing money gambling, often returns another day to get even ("chasing" one's losses).

7. Lies to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling.

8. Has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of gambling.

9. Relies on others to provide money to relieve desperate financial situations caused by gambling.

MILD: meets 4-5 criteria
MODERATE: meets 6-7 criteria
SEVERE: meets 8-9 criteria
Test Three: Are you living with a compulsive gambler? Ask yourself these 20 Gam-Anon questions...
1. Do you find yourself constantly bothered by bill collectors?
2. Is the person in question often away from home for long, unexplained periods of time?
3. Does the person ever lose time from work due to gambling?
4. Do you feel that this person cannot be trusted with money?
5. Does the person faithfully promise that he or she will stop gambling; beg for another chance, yet gamble again?
6. Does this person ever gamble longer than he or she intended, until the last dollar is gone?
7. Does this person immediately return to gambling to recover losses or win more?
8. Does this person ever gamble to get money to solve financial difficulties, or have unrealistic expectations that gambling will bring the family material comfort and wealth?
9. Does this person borrow money to gamble with or to pay debts?
10. Has this person's reputation ever suffered due to gambling, even to the extent of committing illegal acts to finance gambling?
11. Have you come to the point of hiding money needed for living expenses, knowing that you and the rest of the family may go without food and clothing if you do not?
12. Do you search this person's clothing or go through his or her wallet when the opportunity presents itself, or otherwise check on his or her activities?
13. Do you hide his or her money?
14. Have you noticed a personality change in the gambler as his or her gambling progresses?
15. Does the person consistently lie to cover up or deny his or her gambling?
16. Does the person use guilt induction as a method of shifting responsibilities off the gambling and onto you?
17. Do you try to anticipate this person's moods or control his or her life?
18. Does the person ever suffer from remorse or depression due to gambling?
19. Has the gambling ever brought you to the point of threatening to break up the family unit?
20. Do you feel your life together is a nightmare?

If you are living with a compulsive gambler, you will answer "yes" to at least six of these questions. You may want to attend a Gam-Anon meeting.
Test Two: Ask yourself the 20 Questions of Gamblers Anonymous...