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Recognizing Gambling-related Problems


Brief screens can help people decide whether to seek formal evaluation of their gambling behavior. You can find one recent screen, the Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS)1, below. The 3-item BBGS is based on the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria for pathological gambling. Following the BBGS, please indicate how you feel right now about your gambling by clicking below the statement that best describes your feelings.

During the past 12 months, have you become restless irritable or anxious when trying to stop/cut down on gambling?



During the past 12 months, have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you gambled?



During the past 12 months did you have such financial trouble as a result of your gambling that you had to get help with living expenses from family, friends or welfare?



Readiness to Reduce Gambling Behavior

On the line below, please select the option that best describes how you feel right now:

I never think about my gambling.

Sometimes I think about gambling less.

I have decided to gamble less.

I am already trying to cut back on my gambling.

I changed my gambling. I now do not gamble, or gamble less than before.

1 Gebauer, L., LaBrie, R. A., Shaffer, H. J. (2010). Optimizing DSM IV classification accuracy: a brief bio-social screen for detecting current gambling disorders among gamblers in the general household population. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry , 55(2), 82-90.

Gambling-related problems can be severe. If you or someone you know is suffering from a gambling-related problem, consider talking to someone about it. Regional gambling hotlines are available around the world. Someone will be available at the hotline to help you or direct you to local resources. Please consult the dropdown below for regional hotlines near you.

If you currently feel destructive toward yourself or others, this is a medical emergency, and this website is not sufficient to meet your needs. In addition, if you have suicidal thoughts, the resources of this website are not appropriate for such emergencies. You are not alone and help is available. Go to the nearest emergency room and call your local suicide hotline. To access your local suicide hotline, please select from the drop down menu below.

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