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TWENTY QUESTIONS

The Twenty Questions below were created by Gamblers Anonymous to define what it means to be a compulsive gambler as compared to a normal gambler. These questions are asked of every newcomer to Gamblers Anonymous. It is our experience that most compulsive gamblers will answer "Yes" to at least seven of these questions!

Please print out this page and place a checkmark in the "YES" or "NO" column. At the end of the 20 questions, please count up the "YES" answers. How many did you answer "YES" to?


20 QUESTIONS

YES

NO

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 or trouble?

 

 

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?

 

 


If you answered "YES" to at least seven of these questions, you may want to attend a meeting.