Gambling is fun, but like all good things – too much can be bad for you.
Gamblers Anonymous have published a 20-part questionnaire regarding a person’s gambling habits. If you answer “Yes” in 7 of these 20 questions and think you may have a gambling problem, we suggest that you seek further help from relevant organisations.
Online gambling is a form of entertainment and players must realise it is not a long-term way to make money. If you feel that gambling has placed a burden on your life either financially or emotionally, we suggest you ask yourself the following 20 questions:
- Did you ever lose time from work or education due to gambling?
- Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
- Did gambling affect your reputation?
- Have you ever feel 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 a loss, did you feel you needed to 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 ever gamble until your last dollar was gone?
- Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling habit?
- Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
- Were you reluctant to use ‘gambling money’ for normal expenditures?
- Did gambling make you careless for the welfare of yourself or your family?
- Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
- Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
- 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 with a few hours of gambling?
- Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?