Gambling and Studying

Am I addicted to gambling?

Games of chance, such as slot machines, casino games, cards, dice and lottery games, may lead to a psychological dependency, i.e. your own well-being is increasingly determined by the game and the sensations associated with it. A rule of thumb is: The quicker you can start a new game, the greater is the potential for addiction and the risk of developing a dependency.
If you are unsure whether you are at risk, answering the questions below may help you to judge:

  • Have you ever neglected your work in order to gamble?
  • Has your gambling ever caused ill-feeling at home?
  • Has gambling caused your good reputation to suffer?
  • Do you have pangs of conscience after gambling?
  • Have you ever gambled to pay off debts with your winnings, or to solve other financial problems?
  • Has your ambition or your effectiveness suffered due to gambling?
  • Do you aim to win back your gambling losses as quickly as possible?
  • After winning, do you badly want to continue playing?
  • Have you often gambled away your last cent?
  • Have you ever borrowed money in order to gamble?
  • Have you ever sold something in order to use the money to gamble?
  • Are you reluctant to use "gambling money" for other purposes?
  • Have you stopped caring about your family due to gambling?
  • Have you ever spent longer gambling than you intended?
  • Have you ever attempted to forget your cares and troubles by gambling
  • Have you ever done something illegal to fund your gambling?
  • Has your sleep quality deteriorated since you have been gambling?
  • Have conflicts, arguments, disappointments or difficulties driven you to gamble?
  • Have you ever gambled in order to generate a feeling of happiness?
  • Have you ever realised that you are destroying yourself by gambling?

If you answer Yes to more than seven of those questions, you are at risk of suffering from a dependency. If you would like a more detailed assessment, you can use our counselling service.