How can I tell if I have a gambling problem?

Ask yourself these questions, and be as honest as you can. When we talk about ‘gambling’ here, we mean playing bingo games or slots, in person or online.

Do you stay away from work or college to gamble?

Do you gamble to escape from problems in your life (boredom, unhappy home life etc.)?

If you run out of money when you’re gambling, do you feel lost and in despair and want to find money to gamble again as soon as possible?

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

Have you lied, stolen or borrowed to get money to gamble or pay gambling debts?

Have you ever lied to cover up the amount of money or time you have spent gambling?

Do you gamble until your last penny is gone, even if it’s for your bus fare home?

Are you getting into debt because of your gambling?

Have others ever criticised your gambling?

Are you reluctant to spend “gambling money” on anything else?

Have you lost interest in your family, friends or other pastimes?

Do you put gambling before your family and other loved ones?

Do arguments, frustrations or disappointments make you want to gamble more?

Do you feel depressed or suicidal because of your gambling?

The more you answer yes to these questions, the more likely it is that you have a gambling problem.