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The Twenty Questions were devised by Gamblers
Anonymous to indicate what it means to be a compulsive gambler. These
questions are asked of every newcomer to the Gamblers Anonymous
It is the Fellowship's experience that most problem gamblers
will answer yes to at least a certain number of the Twenty Questions.
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1. Did you ever lose time from work or
school due to gambling?
2. Has gambling ever made your home life
3. Did gambling affect your reputation?
4. Have you ever felt remorse after
5. Did you ever gamble to get money with
which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your
ambition or efficiency?
7. After losing did you feel you must
return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
8. After a win did you have a strong urge
to return and win more?
9. Did you often gamble until your last
dollar was gone?
10. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
12. Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for
13. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of
yourself or your family?
14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble,
boredom or loneliness?
16. Have you ever committed, or considered
committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in
18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations
create within you an urge to gamble?
19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good
fortune by a few hours of gambling?
20. Have you ever considered self destruction or
suicide as a result of your gambling?
Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to
least seven of these questions
How did you do?
If you are having concerns, such as some of the
questions refer to above,
please attend a Gamblers Anonymous
as soon as possible.
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