Gamblers Anonymous (GA) uses
the following to help individuals determine whether they have a gambling
problem. A compulsive gambler will answer "yes" to at least seven of
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
6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
7. After losing, did you feel that you had to 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 your gambling?
12. Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal
13. Did gambling make you careless about the welfare of your family?
14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, and illegal act to
17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
18. Do arguments, disappointments, or frustrations create within you and urge to
19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of
20. Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your
If you think that Gambling may be a problem for yourself, a relative or a
Call the Problem Gambling
Helpline 1-800-346-6238 (toll free)
at the CT Council on Problem Gambling