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South African Study: 5% Gambling Too Much

28 November 2003

SOUTH AFRICA – As reported by the South Africa Business Day: "Research conducted by the National Responsible Gambling Programme (NRGP), a public-private partnership of government and the gambling industry, found that just 5% of those with easy access to commercial gambling facilities gambled too much.

"Speaking at the Cape Town Press Club on Thursday, the executive director of the National Centre for the Study of Gambling at the University of Cape Town, Professor Peter Collins, said the NRGP had surveyed 5,816 South Africans living in urban areas `with easy access to commercial gambling'.

"It had found that 270 respondents answered seven or more of the gamblers anonymous questions affirmatively, slightly up on the number in the last survey in 2001 - up from about 3.8%. These people fell into the problem gambling category, referring to the fact that they could not afford the activity.

"However, only 0.7% had an addiction to gambling which was similar to alcoholism and drug addiction.

"…The research suggested that 72% of people played the lottery regularly in South Africa - once a week - up from 69.5% two years ago.

"…He said overall the majority of South Africans gambled sensibly and the rise in problem gambling could largely be attributed to the national lottery…"

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