Is Your Gambling a Problem?

Take this simple self-test1 to evaluate your gambling behavior. It is important to note that this self-test is not a diagnosis and DOES NOT replace a face-to-face evaluation with a trained local problem gambling professional. All information is kept strictly confidential. Your answers may be analyzed statistically for program evaluation and research.

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  1. During the past 12 months, have you become restless, irritable or anxious when trying to stop/cut down on gambling?
  2. During the past 12 months, have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you gambled?
  3. During the past 12 months, did you have such financial trouble as a result of your gambling that you had to get help with living expenses from family, friends or welfare?

1About the screen:
The Division on Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, developed the three-item Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS), based on the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria for PG. A "yes" answer indicates that the individual is at risk for developing a gambling problem. The Harvard researchers derived the three questions on the BBGS from the results of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), a survey of 43,093 households that has yielded the largest sample of pathological gamblers. The study was funded by the National Center for Responsible Gaming ( To learn more about the BBGS, visit the Division on Addictions website ( or consult the scientific article about the development of the BBGS.