A child showing four or more of the different behaviours was considered to be a problem gambler. Picture: Flickr.com

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? 

÷ After losing money by gambling, have you returned another day to try to win back the money you lost? 

Daily Mail