If you are unsure whether or not you may have developed a gambling problem, you can use the following simple checklist for self-assessment. If you answer positively to at least four of the following questions it is recommended you call either our customer service staff, or call Gamcare or Gamblers Anonymous and seek professional advice.I know it has that caveat at the bottom. But what do you think that the Paddy Power customer service department will say?
- Preoccupation: Do you find that you are becoming preoccupied with past gambling successes?
- Tolerance: Do you find that you need to increase the amount of money you gamble to achieve the same enjoyment and excitement?
- Unable to stop: Have you recently tried to stop gambling but were unsuccessful?
- Irritability: Do you become moody or impatient when you are cutting down how much you gamble?
- Escape from reality: Do you ever use gambling a way of ignoring stress in your in life or
even pick you up when you feel down?
- Chase losses: Do you ever try to win back the money you lost by increasing the size or frequency of your wagers?
- Conceal involvement: Do you ever hide how much or how often you gamble from significant others?
- Unsociable behaviour: Have you ever committed fraud or theft to get money to gamble with?
- Ruin a relationship/opportunity: Has gambling ever ruined a personal relationship or an occupational or educational opportunity?
- Bail-out: Have you ever needed others to relieve a financial problem created by gambling?
- Self exclusion:When a customer requests that their account be closed due to the fact that they believe they are gambling excessively, Paddy Power will close the account and will do all that it can to prevent new accounts being opened by that customer in the future.
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