Do I have a poker problem?

I am a student in the UK on no income but my student loan. I gamble on online casinos and poker. I use my bank overdraft to do it and my largest single loss is £60. It's the smaller and more frequent ones that do the damage. I have a couple of friends who have lost more than I but is this all normal behaviour from a few guys living away from home or something more sinister? Seems gamblings the most/only exciting thing I have to do any more. Not sure what to do about it, just wanted to see if you guys can help me with a clearer picture of where I'm headed or what to do. Should I just get some excercise, find myself a nice girl and forget about it or is it more serious?


Every person is unique and I can't speak for you or determine your future. I can only provide you with my point of view.

-- Big problems start off as small problems.

-- Habits, gambling being one, are formed through repetition.

-- Using a bank overdraft is an indication of a problem.

-- If gambling is the only thing you that people find exciting to do, it is a sign of things to come.

I wish you all the best.

What does recovery mean to you? Are you having a hard time staying away from Gambling? Is it destroying your life, you financially, your family, your mood? Here are twenty questions you should ask yourself.

Can you answer yes to seven of these questions?

1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?

2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?

3. Did gambling affect your reputation?

4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?

5. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?

6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?

7. Afer losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?

8. After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?

9. Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?

10. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?

11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?

12. Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?

13. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?

14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?

15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?

16. Have you ever committed, or considereed committing, and illegal act to finance gambling?

17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?

18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you and urge to gamble?

19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?

20. Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of these questions. I answer yes to all of them.