Problem Gambling Warning Signs: Questions for Teens

  1. Is gambling the most exciting activity in your life?
  2. Do you miss school, activities, or other events due to gambling?
  3. Has anyone expressed concern about your gambling?
  4. Do you lie to your friends or family about your gambling?
  5. Do you borrow money to gamble?
  6. Have you stolen from your family, friends, or employer to gamble or pay back gambling debts?
  7. Have you gambled with money that was to be used for another purpose (such as lunch, activities, or clothes)?
  8. After losing, do you try to win your money back by more gambling?
  9. Are you preoccupied with thoughts of gambling?
  10. Have you tried to stop gambling but can’t?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you may have a gambling problem!

Get Help

Concerned teens can call the HELPLINE, an information and referral service provided by the New York Council on Problem Gambling. The HELPLINE is confidential and free, and counselors are available 24 hours a day.

HELPLINE 1-800-437-1611

Local help (716) 664-3608

Information provided by Lane County Health & Human Services, Eugene, Oregon.