The Division on Addiction BBGS e-Screener and Intervention System
Recognizing Gambling – related problems

Brief screens can help people decide whether to seek formal evaluation of their gambling behavior. You can find one recent screen, the Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS)1, below. The 3-item BBGS is based on the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria for pathological gambling. Following the BBGS, please indicate how you feel right now about your gambling by clicking below the statement that best describes your feelings.

1. During the past 12 months, have you become restless irritable or anxious when trying to stop/cut down on gambling? *
1 point
2. During the past 12 months, have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you gambled? *
1 point
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? *
1 point
Readiness to Reduce Gambling Behavior. On the line below, please select the option that best describes how you feel right now: *
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you may have a problem with gambling. For next step suggestions, please consider contacting the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-GAMBLE-5 (1-800-426-2535).
Used with permission from the NCRG and The Division on Addiction and Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.
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