Test for Gamblers

1. Is often preoccupied with gambling (e.g., having persistent thoughts of reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble).

2. Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement.

3. Is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling.

4. Has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling.

5. Often gambles when feeling distressed (e.g., helpless, guilty, anxious, depressed).

6. After losing money in gambling, often returns another day to get even (“chasing” one’s losses).

7. Lies to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling.

8. Has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of gambling.

9. Relies on others to provide money to relieve desperate financial situations caused by gambling.