The National Council on Problem Gambling

Problem gambling is behavior that causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social, or vocational. The term “problem gambling” includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as “pathological,” or “compulsive,” gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, 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.

Following are ten questions about gambling behavior. If you or someone you know answers “yes” to any of these questions, consider seeking professional assistance by contacting the National Council on Problem Gambling.

  • You have often gambled longer than you had planned.

  • You have often gambled until your last dollar was gone.

  • Thoughts of gambling have caused you to lose sleep.

  • You have used your income or savings to gamble while letting bills go unpaid.

  • You have made repeated, unsuccessful attempts to stop gambling.

  • You have broken the law or considered breaking the law to finance your gambling.

  • You have borrowed money to finance your gambling.

  • You have felt depressed or suicidal because of your gambling losses.

  • You have been remorseful after gambling.

  • You have gambled in order to get money to meet your financial obligations.

For further information, visit or call 800-522-4700.

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