Evidence suggests the prevalence of problem gambling is higher for people aged 15 to 17 than for adults as a whole, and higher for people aged 18 to 30 than for other age groups (See Delfabbro 2012.) A study for Gambling Research Australia conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research has found that up to five per cent of young people in Australia will develop gambling problems before the age of 25 (Purdie et al. 2011).
Many studies have found that young males gamble more frequently and problematically than young females (See Moore et al. 2013; Purdie et al. 2011; Delfabbro 2012).
Canadian focus-group research has found that young men experience an ‘adrenaline rush’ from sports betting and see it as a way of demonstrating support for their team (Korn, Hurson & Reynolds nd, p.3). This may be of concern, because sports betting is increasingly associated with gambling problems (Thomas, Lewis et al. 2012). Preliminary research among adults conducted by the Centre for Gambling Research and Education also suggests sports betting is gaining in popularity faster than any other form of gambling (See Hing et al. in Gainsbury 2013).
Videogames are extremely popular with young males. Incorporating gambling-like features into popular videogames has the potential to blur the boundary between videogaming and gambling (Griffiths, King & Delfabbro 2013). Recent research suggests more than 40 per cent of young people who have an interest in videogames with gambling-like features also have a preoccupation with gambling or intend to gamble in the future (King et al. forthcoming).
Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce
Australian Gambling Research Centre, Australian Institute of Family Studies
Australian Medical Association
Gambling Research Australia
National Association for Gambling Studies
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Centre for Gambling Education and Research, Southern Cross University
Centre for Gambling Research, Australian National University
Flinders Centre for Gambling Research, Flinders University
Gambling Research Program, Swinburne University
Gambling Treatment Clinic, University of Sydney
Independent Gambling Research Consortium, University of Adelaide
Melbourne Monash Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre
Australian Wagering Council
Betsafe Responsible Gambling Program
Casinos and Resorts Australasia
1800 858 858
Gambling Help Online (including information about services in states and territories)
Kids Help Line
1800 55 1800
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