The NSW government commissioned the survey on gambling and problem gamblers in the state. 5,000 people have been surveyed. The right approach of dealing with gambling addicts and implementation of better strategies for dealing with them explains why the survey was started.
According to the research, problem gamblers are mostly unmarried young men with a limited high school education. Their amount was found to be 0.8%. So, the number of problem gamblers has decreased in comparison with 1999 when the figure was said to be 2.55%.
It’s interesting to know that women who are more than 65 years old, who have university education and live in the city, very rarely have problems with gambling.
The survey has shown that lotteries are the most popular form of gambling. Poker machines, horse or dog racing follow them.
Another figure that should not be taken for granted is the number of people depending on alcohol or illicit drugs among the problem gamblers.