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According to the United States National Council on Problem Gaming, "problem gambling" is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. Problem gaming is a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling including: a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, "chasing" losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.
Gamblers Anonymous, a support group dedicated to people with problem gaming, has developed a list of 20 questions to help determine if gambling is taking too large a role in your life. Consider the following:
- 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 in an online casino?
- Have you ever gambled to get money to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
- Does gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
- After losing do you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
- After winning do you have a strong urge to return and win more?
- Do you often gamble until your last dollar is gone?
- Have you ever borrowed money to finance your gambling?
- Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
- Are you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
- Does gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
- Do 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?
- Does gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
- Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
- Do you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
- Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?
The following organizations all have telephone hotlines as well as other forms of support. Use them, they have been created to help you.
- Gamblers Anonymous — an international support group for problem gamers
- GamCare — a UK-based organization for problem gaming
- National Council on Problem Gaming — US Government help agency