What is problem gambling? Problem gambling includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits. The essential features are increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, "chasing" losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences. In extreme cases, problem gambling can result in financial ruin, legal problems, loss of career and family, or even suicide. Problem Gambling Warning Signs
Two-Question Gambling Tool
Reproduced with permission of authors and publisher from: Johnson, E.E., Hamer, R., Nora, R.M., Tan, B., Eistein, N., and Englehart, C. The Lie/Bet Questionnaire for screening pathological gamblers. Psychological Reports, 1997, 80, 83-88.
Where to Turn:
Counseling Center Ball State University, Lucina Hall, Room 320765-285-1736
Gamblers Anonymous Meetings in Indiana: http://gamblersanonymous.org/mtgdirIN.html
For further information:Gamblers AnonymousNational Council on Problem GamblingGambling Problems Resource CenterIndiana Council on Problem Gambling
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