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Australian Study: Quarter of Chronic Gamblers Under 30

16 October 2001

AUSTRALIA – Oct. 16, 2001 –As reported by the Australia "Almost a quarter of Victoria's problem or at-risk gamblers are aged between 18 and 29, and most are lured into the gaming trap through turf betting, research released by the State Government yesterday reveals.

"Community Services Minister Christine Campbell said serious gambling affected 18,000 young Victorians - 24 per cent of the state's most chronic gaming addicts.

"Launching a series of advertisements targeting young gamblers, Ms Campbell said problem gambling was more prevalent among young men, with the research revealing that 90per cent of heavy gamblers in the 18-to-29 age group were male.

"…The research indicates that 65 per cent of young gamblers try to win back losses and that 82 per cent do not set limits on their spending.

"Tim McCorriston, a psychologist with Gamblers Help, said young people were at risk of being seduced by gambling because they were the first generation to grow up with `pervasive' advertising and `pokies on every street corner'…"

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