Quick Self Tests

Are you a responsible gambler ? Ask yourself these questions to find out.

Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling? 
Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy? 
Did gambling affect your reputation? 
Have you ever felt remorse after gambling? 
Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties? 
Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency? 
After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses? 
After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more? 
Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone? 
Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling? 
Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling? 
Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures? 
Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family? 
Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned? 
Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble? 
Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling? 
Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping? 
Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble? 
Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling? 
Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling? 

Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of these questions. If you did as well, click below for confidential help and support.

Gamblers Anonymous

Below is some information on compulsive gambling as well as a few tests to check to see if you have a gambling addiction. If you feel you are in need of help, simply contact any of the organizations listed here.

Everywhere you go today you hear some type of promotion for the Internet. The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. (CCGNJ) developed a homepage to serve compulsive gamblers, those affected by their gambling and researchers. Persons may access information and download files on various topics. Cyberspace is here and will make important information available to anyone in the world who has a PC, modem and Internet provider. It is estimated that almost 40 million in the United States and Canada now have access to the Internet and that by the year 2001 over 100 million persons will be on-line.

Unfortunately, the Net also has a negative side. Anyone can access pornography, adult theme materials and, of course, gambling. There have been several recent articles in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Star Ledger, Time, Wired, and World Business all describing the growth of Internet gambling. With annual wagering, a $650 billion business in the United States in 1998, it was only a matter of time before someone would find a way to tap into their share of the pie.


When you browse the Net today you・ll find about 1,000 gambling sites that you can place bets. One of the concerns that many persons in the compulsive gambling prevention and treatment field have voiced is the lack of many monitoring of these games. Anyone can sit in front of their PC in the privacy of their home, office or school computer lab and access numerous legal and illegal gambling services. The computer does not ask you for proof of age or have a security force checking your ID. The Federal Wire Act may even prohibit gambling over the Internet. In 1998, 21 operators were indicted by the federal government for Internet gambling. Over the past year, many of these individuals either pleaded or were found guilty, of violating federal gambling laws. The Senate, in 1999, passed Senator Kyl's (R-AZ) "Internet Gambling Prohibition Act". The House defeated a similar bill in 2000 and new "prohibition" legislation is now being crafted. 

Proponents of cyberspace betting indicate that children will not be able to access these accounts. Security measures may include personal identification numbers (PIN), passwords, credit card numbers or E-cash (electronic money). Unfortunately, many kids have easy access to their parents・ accounts and most adults are not aware of their child・s PC activities. In the future we may see voice recognition, video verification and thumb print identification.

The real threat comes from the isolation and secrecy of the betting activity itself. I call this threat the "cave syndrome", due to the gambler・s isolated behavior and hidden activity. When a child goes to the racetrack or casino, he or she will hopefully be restricted entry to the window or floor. But when they are alone in front of their screen, they can bet and get out of control.

So we now have additional terminology to absorb, "cybergambling." This cybergambling, according to Evan Schwartz of Wired Magazine, could become the next frontier that・s paved with gambling dollars. Besides casinos, racetracks and sports betting, we may look forward to endless gambling activities i.e., video game tournaments, real world events and odds on all of these events. According to Smith Barney・s Jason Ader, gaming in the United States could be a $100 billion industry if it were available "on demand" at any time. You can now even obtain statewide lottery numbers over the net 24-hours a day.

What all of this expanding technology means to potential compulsive gamblers is they have yet another opportunity to become addicted. We have been one of the first organizations in the world addressing this issue and hopefully will act as a trailblazer for others. Just as law enforcement is now surfing the Net, so will our Council and many other Councils be out there advocating for the suffering compulsive gambler and those affected by this devastating illness.

If anyone would like more information on this topic, contact the Kevin O'Neill at (609) 599-3299 x 16 or e-mail him at 
ccgnj@800gambler.org. We have conducted numerous radio, TV and newspaper interviews on Internet gambling and anticipate this type of gambling to explode as more and more people go on-line. Our on-line address is www.800gambler.org

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) classifies compulsive gambling as an impulse-control disorder. To meet the APS's diagnostic criteria for compulsive gambling, a person must show persistent gambling behavior.

According to the APA you may have a gambling addiction if:

You take time from work and family life to gamble. 
You gamble in secret. 
You feel remorse after gambling and repeatedly vow to quit. You may even quit for a while and then start again. 
You don't plan to gamble. You just "end up" gambling. And you gamble until your last dollar is gone. 
You gamble with money you need to pay bills or solve financial problems. You lie, steal, borrow or sell things to get gambling money. 
When you lose, you gamble to win back your losses. When you win, you gamble to win more. You dream of the "big win" and what it will buy. 
You gamble when you feel "down" or when you feel like celebrating. 

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