Your answers showed that you definitely have a problem with gambling. Your score was between 8 and 20 on the scale. This result is likely to confirm what you already thought, but it can be sobering to realise that you have a problem. 1 in 100 people in the UK have a problem with gambling at any one time.
The tool is based on the Problem Gambling Severity Index, a Canadian gambling harm screening tool. A high score may suggest it is time to speak to someone to get help with for you or for the person you are concerned about.
The Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) is the standardised measure of at risk behaviour in problem gambling. It is a tool based on research on the common signs and consequences of problematic gambling. Assessing where your client is now can help you make informed decisions on how to assist them. Take your client through the PGSI quiz.
In the UK, 0.7% of the population self-report as having a problem with gambling, using the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) short form. A further 5.5% of people in the UK are estimated to be at risk of problem gambling.16 The problem gambling rate for men is 1.2%, and the rate for women is 0.1%.15.
Problem gambling is defined by the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistics Manual V (DSM V) as an addictive disorder. Figures from the 2016 Scottish Health Survey indicate that one in 100 Scottish adults (1.0% of the adult population, equivalent to around 45,000 people) were problem gamblers based on either the DSM V score or on the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI.
A report for the Gambling Commission called “Gambling Behaviour in Great Britain” published in 2018 showed that the number of adult problem gamblers in Great Britain was approximately 340,000 according to combined data from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the Problem Gambling Severity Index. Read the report here.
The report also includes data on the prevalence of problem, moderate-risk and low-risk gambling. This data is taken from a separate source, the NHS Digital Health Survey for England (2018), due to.
Methods: We recruited 72 participants from homeless centers in Westminster, London, and used the Problem Gambling Severity Index to assess gambling involvement, as well as DSM-IV criteria for substance and alcohol use disorders. A life-events scale was administered to establish the temporal ordering of problem gambling and homelessness.