Odds Are One In Four You Gamble Regularly

14:20' 20-12-2017
An estimated 6.8 million Australians, about a quarter of the population, are regular gamblers, according to the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC), part of the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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    AGRC manager Dr Jennifer Baxter said a large number of regular gamblers were males aged 50 and over, with ten years or less of schooling, or who had completed a certificate or a diploma. Many others were retirees or welfare recipients, those who lived alone or with one other person, or lived outside a major city.

    Regular gamblers spent an estimated $8.6 billion in 2015 on activities they engaged in on a monthly basis. The average gambler spent an estimated $1,272 in a year, with card playing poker gamblers spending the most ($3,674). Buyers of instant scratch tickets spent the least ($622).

    The analysis found that 7.9% of Australians had experienced one or more gambling-related problems in 2015, including 1% (193,000 people) who could be called “problem gamblers”.

    People who experienced problems tended to be males aged 18-29, unemployed, single, renting, and on low incomes. They spent an average of $6,241 a year, compared with gamblers without problems, who spent on average $883 over the year.

    Financial problems were greater in low income families, where gamblers spent an average of 10% of their household income on gambling. High income households spent 1% of the household budget.

    The national gambling help service provides support and information 24/7 on 1800 858 858 or online at www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.

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