Gambling is a hidden addiction because the consequences are not visibly apparent. But it can have a devastating effect on the individual and his or her family. Here is a quiz to find out if you are a compulsive gambler:
- Have you ever lost time from work or school due to gambling.
- Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
- Has gambling affected your reputation?
- Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
- Have you ever gambled to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
- Has gambling caused a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
- After losing, have you felt you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
- After a win, have you had a strong urge to return and win more?
- Do you often gamble until your last dollar is gone?
- Have you ever borrowed to finance gambling?
- Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
- Have you every been reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
- Has gambling made you careless of the welfare of yourself and your family?
- Have you ever gambled longer than you planned?
- Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
- Have you every committed an illegal act to finance gambling?
- Has gambling caused you to have difficulty sleeping?
- Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you the urge to gamble?
- Have you ever had an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
- Have you ever considered self-destruction as a result of your gambling?
Most compulsive gamblers will answer "yes" to more than half of these questions.
If you have a gambling problem call Gamblers Anonymous. The phone number in the Los Angeles area is (213)260-4657. Or consult you local phone directory, or write Gamblers Anonymous, P.O. Box 17173, Los Angeles, CA. 90017. The internet address is: www.gamblersanonymous.org.
Excerpts taken from Ann Landers column in the Los Angeles Times, Thursday Nov. 13, 1997.
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