Gambling Addiction Compulsivity Test | South Oaks Gambling Screen

Created by Henry Lesieur, Ph.D., and Sheila Blume, M.D., the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) is a Gambling Addiction Compulsivity Test that allows individuals along with mental helath professionals to develop an understanding of the extent of one’s gambling addiction and compulsive disorder issues.

“The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.” – Kin Hubbard

Complete the test by responding to each question accordingly.


1a. Play Cards for Money


1b. Bet on Horses, Dogs or other Animals (at OTB, the Track or with a Bookie)


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


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


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


1f. Play the numbers or bet on lotteries


1g. Play bingo for money


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


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


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


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


1l. Engage in 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?


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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)
From Household Money?

From Your Spouse?

From Other Relatives or In-Laws?

From Banks, Loan Companies or Credit Unions?

From Credit Cards?

From Loan Sharks?

You Cashed in Stocks, Bonds or other Securities?

You Sold Personal or Family Property?

You Borrowed on your Checking Account?

You Have (had) a Credit Line with a Bookie?

You Have (had) a Credit Line with a Casino?




*Submission of this assessment does not qualify nor exclude you from our Compulsivity Program.

This is provided as a preliminary screening to assess the extent of current and past Compulsive Gambling issues.

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