London - To uncover the scale of compulsive gambling among children, experts used an internationally-recognised test.
It poses nine questions to isolate types of addictive behaviour, including losing control.
A child showing four or more of the different behaviours was considered to be a problem gambler.
Two or three behaviours saw them identified as at risk of problem gambling. A lower score showed they were not in danger.
The nine questions were: In the past 12 months:
÷ How often have you found yourself thinking about gambling or planning to gamble?
÷ How often have you gambled to help you escape from problems or when you were feeling bad?
÷ Have you felt bad or fed up when trying to cut down on gambling?
÷ Have you needed to gamble with more and more money to get the amount of excitement you want?
÷ Have you ever spent much more than you planned to spend on gambling?
÷ Have you ever taken money without permission to spend on gambling?
÷ Has your gambling ever led to arguments with family or friends, or you missing school?
÷ Have you ever told lies because of gambling?
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