Are you ready to stop gambling?

It's very difficult time, when you need to decide whether you are "in" or "out", in terms of giving up gambling totally. If you are close to someone you think may have a serious gambling problem, by the end of this checklist you should have a much clearer idea of the nature of the problem. You should also have a better understanding of what both you and the compulsive gambler will face once he or she stops gambling.

The following 20-point checklist, produced by Gamblers Anonymous (GA), is designed to help gamblers decide whether or not they have a problem:

• Do you lose time from work due to gambling?

• Is gambling making your home life unhappy?

• Is gambling affecting your reputation?

• Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?

• Do you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?

• Does gambling cause a decrease in your ambition and efficiency?

• After losing, do you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?

• After a win, do you have a strong urge to return and win more?

• Do you often gamble until your last pound is gone?

• Do you ever borrow to finance your gambling?

• Have you ever sold anything to finance your gambling?

• Are you reluctant to use gambling money for normal expenditures?

• Does gambling make you careless of the welfare of your family?

• Do you gamble longer than you planned?

• Do you ever gamble to escape worry or trouble?

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

• Does gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?

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

• Do you have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours' gambling?

• Have you ever considered self-destruction as a result of your gambling?

GA state that most compulsive gamblers answer yes to at least seven of the above points. Honestly speaking, how many did you tick? Read them one more time and then think carefully.

If you answered yes to just one of those points, then surely there is no point in your continuing to gamble.


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