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Problem Gambling Declines in 2014

Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ 3:50 AM

Prince George, B.C. – A new study suggests there were fewer problem gamblers in B.C. in 2014.

This week the provincial government said there were 125,000 problem gamblers in the province (about 3.3% of the population) compared to 159,000 (or 4.6% of the population) back in 2008.

The 2014 Gambling Prevalence Study also found over one-third of at-risk/problem gamblers had experienced a mental-health issue and that young adults aged 18-24 were the group of adults most likely to experience problem gambling relative to other groups (7.3%).

“The term “problem-gamblers” refers to all moderate-risk and high-risk gamblers as defined by the Canadian Problem Gambling Index,” read a release from the provincial government.

“Moderate risk gamblers are those who experience some negative consequences as a result of gambling, while high-risk gamblers are individuals who report significant negative consequences and may experience a loss of control.”

The study also noted 88.8% of the population are non-problem gamblers or do not gamble at all compared to 86.7% seven years ago.

The study was the fifth of its kind since 1993 and the government says it will “help guide improvements to provincial prevention, education and treatment programs.”

In a bid to step up its efforts to address the public-health risks of gambling Victoria has released a plan with 21 commitments.

It will focus on four main themes: problem gambling prevention among youth, encouraging responsible gambling, problem gambling treatment, and research.

For more information on the plan click here.


Too bad it’s over 0%, but addictions are what they are. Noticed the parking lots were fairly full when I went by at 5:30 last night though!

Wonder how they track problem gamblers who gamble on the internet. The internet gamblers could account for the drop in problem gamblers. In other words there is not a drop, just another way of doing the same thing.

Palopu makes a good point. Also the Internet gamblers are avoiding contributing to the provincial tax base and the local businesses associated with the casinos, lottery dispensaries, etc. So much for the original arguments justifying gambling being a ‘voluntary tax’ helping the underfunded programs in the province.

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