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More South Australians rolling the dice online

2019-05-14

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A new State Government report surveying the gambling behaviours of more than 20,000 South Australians has found the number of people betting online has almost tripled in recent years.

The State Government today released its 2018 Gambling Prevalence Survey, which reports 13 per cent of South Australians gambled online in the past year – rising from five per cent since the last survey in 2012. Betting on fantasy sports, sporting and novelty events were among the most popular online activities.

The survey results provide valuable insight into the gambling behaviours of South Australians, and will help shape future gambling policy, program and services in our state.

Overall in South Australia, the number of people gambling has decreased since the last survey in 2012 (from 69 to 65 per cent), but the number of problem and at-risk gamblers has remained consistent.

The survey found that certain groups were more likely to be at-risk, including men, the unemployed, people who are single, divorced or separated and with a household income below $25,000 per year. People aged between 18 and 24 and Aboriginal people were also at greater risk.

The survey also indicates levels of harm incurred by gamblers, and those around them who are adversely affected by gambling behaviours.

This data allows the government to better target services and inform plans for raising awareness about gambling harm and reducing the stigma around seeking help.

To view the 2018 Gambling Prevalence Survey, visit the Office for Problem Gambling website.

If your gambling is concerning you or others around you, confidential and free help is always available. Contact the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 or visit the Gambling Help Online website.

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05 Jul 2018
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