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Gambling Self Assessment

  • Current Is there a problem?
  • Consequences
  • Self-Awareness
  • Reasons for Gambling
  • Financial Costs
  • Results
  • Complete

Is there a problem?

About 93 percent of people gamble in any given year. Most of these people do not have any problem with their gambling; it is merely a form of entertainment. However about 5 percent of people do develop a problem. These people have a level of gambling that is causing harm to themselves and those around them. These problems can range from mild to severe. Anyone can have a problem with gambling.

The South Oaks Gambling Screen is a 20-item scale, which will help you to decide whether or not you have a problem with your gambling.


To calculate your score: count one point for each “yes” response.

0 = no problem
1-4 = mild to moderate problem
5-20 = significant problem

Adapted from South Oaks Gambling Screen, 1992, South Oaks Foundation.

Henry Lesieur and Sheila Blume.


People make changes in their lives because negative consequences happen or because they fear negative consequences might happen. Consider which consequences apply to you now or could apply to you in the future.
ConsequencesThis applies to me nowI worry this may apply to me in the future
(if I continue gambling)


Understanding more about your gambling:
Increasing your self-awareness

People who gamble regularly often operate on "automatic pilot." They do not pay attention to the factors that are related to their desire to gamble. It is useful to pay attention to these factors to help you regain control over your gambling.

Think back to the last three times you gambled:
Where/SituationFeelings beforeThoughts before and during$ Amount

Reasons for Gambling

This checklist will help you to identify your reasons for gambling. Check off which ones apply to you.
Reasons for gamblingNeverSometimesEvery time
Reasons for gamblingFrequency

Financial Costs

Problem gamblers often focus on the “wins” which feel good and ignore the “losses” which feel bad. Let’s examine the actual cost of your gambling over the past 30 days:

  1. Fill in the dates for the past month and circle the last 30 days.
  2. Identify any holidays and special events over the past month.
  3. Record what days you gambled and what kind of gambling you participated in.
  4. Record the amount of cash you started out with, how much you finished with, and any details of the session you can recall.
  5. Consider if this is a typical month. Add up what your gambling typically costs per month.


Thank you for completing the Problem Gambling Self-assessment (CHOICES).
Your responses for Question 2 indicate you may have a gambling problem.

If you would like to talk with a problem gambling professional, please choose an option below.

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