The South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS)

The South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) was developed by Henry Lesieur, Ph.D., and Sheila Blume, M.D., as a screen for compulsive gambling.


RESPONSES TO THIS SCREEN ARE FOR YOUR REFERENCE ONLY.
THE INSTITUTE DOES NOT ACCEPT ONLINE EVALUATIONS.


1. Please indicate which of the following types of gambling you have done in your lifetime. After each type of gambling, answer: "not at all", "less than once a week " or "once a week or more. "

1a. play cards for money

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1b. bet on horses, dogs or other animals (at OTB, the track or with a bookie)

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1c. bet on sports (parlay cards, with a bookie or at Jai Alai)

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1d. play dice games (including craps, over and under or other dice games) for money

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1e. gamble in a casino (legal or otherwise)

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1f. play the numbers or bet on lotteries

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1g. play bingo for money

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1h. play the stock, options and/or commodities market

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1i. play slot machines, poker machines or other gambling machines

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1j. bowl, shoot pool, play golf or play any other game of skill for money

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1k. pull tabs or "paper" games other than lotteries

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1l. engage in some form of gambling not listed above (please specify)

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2. What is the largest amount of money you have ever gambled with on any one day?

a. I've never gambled
b. $1 or less
c. more than $1 but less than $10
d. more than $10 but less than $100
e. more than $100 but less than $1,000
f. more than $1,000 but less than $10,000
g. more than $10,000

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3. Which of the following people has (or had) a gambling problem?

a. father
b. mother
c. brother or sister
d. spouse or partner
e. child or children
f. grandparent
g. another relative
h. no one in my family has (or had) a gambling problem

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4. When you gamble, how often do you return to win back the money you lost?

a. never
b. some of the time (less than half of the times I lost)
c. most of the times I lost
d. every time I lost

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5. Have you ever claimed to be winning money while gambling, even though you were actually losing money?

a. never
b. yes, less than half of the times I lost
c. yes, most of the time

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6. Do you feel like you have ever had a problem with betting money or gambling?

a. no
b. yes, in the past, but not now
c. yes

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7. Did you ever gamble more than you intended to?

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8. Have people criticized your betting or told you that you had a gambling problem, regardless of whether or not you thought it was true?

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9. Have you ever felt guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?

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10. Have you ever felt like you would like to stop betting money or gambling but you didn't think you could?

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11. Have you ever hidden betting slips, lottery tickets, gambling money, I.O.U.s or other signs of betting or gambling from your spouse, children or other important people in your life?

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12. Have you ever argued with people you live with over how you handle money?

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13. (If you answered yes to question 12) Have money arguments ever centered on your gambling?

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14. Have you ever borrowed from someone and not paid them back as a result of your gambling?

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15. Have you ever lost time from work (or school) due to betting or gambling?

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16. If you borrowed money to gamble or to pay gambling debts, who/where did you borrow from? (answer "yes" or "no" to each question)

a. from household money?
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b. from your spouse?
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c. from other relatives or in-laws?
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d. from banks, loan companies or credit unions?
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e. from credit cards?
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f. from loan sharks?
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g. you cashed in stocks, bonds or other securities?
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h. you sold personal or family property?
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i. you borrowed on your checking account?
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j. you have (had) a credit line with a bookie?
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k. you have (had) a credit line with a casino?
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If you have answered (a) or no to all of the questions above, you do not have a gambling problem.

If you have answered (b) or (c) to questions 4 through 6 or yes to questions 7 through 16, one to four times, then you have some problem with gambling.

If you have answered (b) or (c) to questions 4 through 6 or yes to questions 7 through 16, five or more times, you show signs of being a probable pathological gambler.

For a thorough, professional assessment for pathological gambling, please call the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery at 1-800-522-3784.

©2010 South Oaks Foundation. Used with permission.

If you have questions regarding the South Oaks Gambling Screen please visit http://www.longislandhome.org

See also, the Twenty Questions of Gamblers Anonymous.