South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS)
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1. Please indicate which of the following types of gambling you have done in your lifetime. For each type, mark one answer: "Not at All," "Less than Once a Week", or "Once a Week or More."

Please Check one answer for each statement: NOT AT ALL Less than once a week Once a week or more
a. Played cards for money.      
b. Bet on horses, dogs, or other animals (at OTB, the track, or with a bookie).      
c. Bet on sports (parlay cards, with bookie, at Jai Alai.      
d. Played dice games, including craps, over and under or other dice games.      
e. Went to casinos (legal or otherwise).      
f.  Played the numbers or bet on lotteries.      
g. Played bingo.      
h. Played the stock and/or commodities market.      
i.  Played slot machines, poker machines, or other gambling machines.      
j.  Bowled, shot pool, played golf, or some other game of skill for money.      
k. Played pull tabs or "paper" games other than lotteries.      
l.  Some form of gambling not listed above (please specify):



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

            ______ Never Gambled                           ______ More than $100.00 up to $1,000        

            ______ $ 1.00 or less                             ______ More than $1,000 up to $10,000    

            ______ More than $1.00 up to $10.00       ______ More than $10,000

            ______ More than $10.00 up to 100.00

      3. Check which of the following people in your life has (or had) a gambling problem.

            _______ Father                                     _______ Mother

            _______ Brother/Sister                          _______  My spouse/partner

            _______ My child(ren)                            _______ Another relative

            _______ A Friend or someone important in my life        

    4. When you gamble, how often do you go back another day to win back money you have lost?

            _______ Never                                      _______ Most of the time

            _______ Some of the time                      _______ Every time that I lose

                            (less than half of time I lose).

    5. Have you ever claimed to be winning money gambling, but weren’t really? In fact you lost?     

            _______ Never

_______ Yes, less than half the time I lost    

      _______ Yes, most of the time     

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

            _______ No     _______ Yes         _______ Yes, in the past, but not now.

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

            _______ Yes     _______No

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

      _______ Yes     _______No

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

      _______ Yes     _______No

10. Have you ever felt like you would like to stop betting money on gambling, but did not think that you could?  

      _______ Yes     _______No

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

      _______ Yes     _______No

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

            _______ Yes      _______No

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


            _______ Yes     _______No

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

      _______ Yes     _______No

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

      _______ Yes     _______No

     16.  If you borrowed money to gamble or to pay gambling debts, who or where did you borrow

        from             (check "Yes" or "No" for each):

        a. From household money                                                       _______ Yes _______No

        b. From your spouse/partner                                                   _______ Yes _______No

        c. From relatives or in-laws                                                     _______ Yes _______No

        d. From banks, loan companies, or credit unions                       _______ Yes  _______No

        e. From credit cards                                                               _______ Yes _______No

        f.  From loan sharks                                                               _______ Yes _______No

        g. You cashed in stocks, bonds or other securities                     _______ Yes  _______No

        h. You sold personal or family property                                    _______ Yes  _______No  

        i. You borrowed on your checking accounts (passed bad checks)  _______ Yes  _______No 

        j. You have (had) a credit line with a bookie                             _______ Yes  _______No

        k. You have (had) a credit line with a casino                             _______ Yes  _______No    

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