What is Gambling Addiction?

Gambling becomes an addiction when your gambling is pathological and compulsive. It is a mental disorder with the following characteristics:

  • You are preoccupied and think frequently about gambling.
  • You gamble with larger and larger amounts of money.
  • You gamble even when you do not want to.
  • If you cannot gamble, you become anxious and irritable.
  • You gamble to escape problems or when you are in a bad mood.
  • You try to win back gambling losses by gambling more.
  • You lie when asked about the extent of your gambling.
  • Your gambling is financed by illegal acts.
  • Your gambling endangers your relationships or your job.
  • You become dependent on people who have given you money.

A person is addicted to gambling if five or more of these characteristics apply. Each one of the above characteristics is an indication of problematic gambling behaviour.

Self-assessment for gamblers

  1. 1. When you’re gambling have you ever felt the need to bet more and more money?

  2. 2. Have you ever lied to people who are or were important to you about the extent of your gambling?

If you answered one or both of these questions with yes, you may have a gambling problem and it is advisable for you to seek help.

Self-assessment for gamblers

You have a responsible approach to gambling. Do you want to keep informed? The detailed self-test could be interesting for you

Self-assessment for gamblers