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Previous research finds that…

  • In 2009, 70 per cent of Australians participated in some form of gambling.
  • Australians spent more than $19 billion on gambling in 2008-09; around $12 billion of which was spent playing on poker machines.
  • Up to 500,000 Australians are at risk of becoming, or are, problem gamblers.
  • The cost to the community of problem gambling is estimated to be at least $4.7 billion a year.
  • Problem gamblers are around six times more likely to be divorced, four times more likely to have problems with alcohol and four times more likely to smoke daily than non-problem gamblers.
  • Children with parents who are problem gamblers are up to 10 times more likely than children with non-gambling parents to become problem gamblers themselves.

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