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    charles
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    These are the 20 Questions asked by Gamblers Anonymous.  I am posting them following a request in the groups this evening.
    Q1: Do you lose time from work or school due to gambling?
    Q2: Is gambling making your home life unhappy?
    Q3: Is gambling affecting your reputation?
    Q4: Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
    Q5: Do you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
    Q6: Does gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
    Q7: After losing do you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
    Q8: After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
    Q9: Do you often gamble until your last pound has gone?
    Q10: Do you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
    Q11: Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
    Q12: Are you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
    Q13: Does gambling make you careless of the welfare of your family?
    Q14: Do you gamble longer than you had planned?
    Q15: Do you ever gamble to escape worry or trouble?
    Q16: Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
    Q17: Does gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
    Q18: Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create an urge within you to gamble?
    Q19: Do you have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
    Q20: Have you ever considered self-destruction as a result of your gambling?
    At GA they say that “Most compulsive gamblers answer Yes to at least 7 of these questions.  I would actually disagree –  in hindsight I can say that I was a compulsive gambler when i was answering yes to just ONE of those questions.  At that stage though the problem hadn’t progressed enough to notice/want to do anything about it.  I guess 7 yeses means people start noticing the problem.
    This problem is progressive; if you answer yes to some of these questions and continue to gamble then please bear in mind that your “No” answers should probably be changed to “No, not yet!”
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