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Gambling participation and at-risk behaviour in problem gambling among Victorian adults

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Electronic gambling machines Internet gambling Gambling Problem gambling Victoria
Description

This paper presents estimates of the prevalence of gambling participation (any expenditure on gambling activities in a typical month in 2015), annual gambling expenditure and gambling-related problems among Victorians aged 18 years and over, based on Wave 15 of the nationally representative Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey.

Key findings:

  • One-third of Victorians (36%, or around 1,587,709 adults) spent money on gambling activities in a typical month in 2015.
  • Victorian adults who gambled were mostly: male (55%); aged fifty or over (56%); Australian-born (75%); employed full-time (46%) or retired (25%); married or in a de facto relationship (62%); and living in a major city (74%).
  • Victorians who gambled spent an average of $1,268 annually on gambling activities in 2015; EGMs accounted for the highest annual expenditure ($1,288), followed by bingo ($1,252) and race betting ($1,211).
  • Around 18% of Victorians who gambled (or 8% of all Victorian adults) were classified as being at risk of, or already experiencing, gambling-related problems.
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