Tuesday, May 03, 2005

A Few Words on Gambling Addiction

I noticed this link on the front of msn.com today.


If you have five or more of the following, consider yourself a pathological gambling addict and get help:

* Pathological gambling involves five or more of the following:
* Preoccupation with past, present, and future gambling experiences and with ways to obtain money for gambling.
* Need to increase the amount of wagers.
* Repeated unsuccessful efforts to cut back or stop.
* Becoming restless or irritable when trying to cut back or stop.
* Gambling to escape from everyday problems or to relieve feelings of helplessness, anxiety, or depression.
* Trying to recoup immediately after losing money (chasing losses).
* Lying about gambling.
* Committing illegal acts to finance gambling.
* Losing or jeopardizing a personal relationship, job, or career opportunity because of gambling.
* Requesting gifts or loans to pay gambling debts.