VGS Wave 2 findings show gambling behaviours do change (continued)


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Females, within that 16%, are more likely to take up raffles, sweeps and competitions than males, while males are more likely to take up betting on sports and event results than females.

When participants were asked to nominate the activity they spend the majority of their gambling cash on - in a 12-month period - 507 of the 806 said the pokies. Furthermore, 88 of those people had taken up playing the pokies during that period.

In addition, 18-24 year olds are more likely to take up playing Lotto, Powerball and Pools than those aged 50 plus.

why people gamble

For those participants who increased the chance of developing a problem with their gambling between Wave 1 and 2 due to particular life triggers, the most common triggers are major changes in living or work conditions and finances.

Findings also show that those who gamble to take their minds off things are more likely to have increased the chance of developing a problem with their gambling than those who gamble for other reasons.

popular gambling activities

Overall, the four most popular gambling activities for ALL Wave 2 participants are buying tickets in raffles, sweeps and other competitions (64%), playing Lotto, Powerball and Pools (62%), playing the pokies (29%) and betting on horse, harness and greyhound racing (27%).

The Pokies are the game of choice for 96% of participants who have a problem with their gambling, while nearly 78% of those people also participated in Lotto, Powerball and Pools.

The study’s social research expert, Sarah Hare, said: “In longitudinal studies, trends emerge over time and with each subsequent wave of surveys. So, it’s too early to tell, from the information gathered in Waves 1 and 2, which factors, currently associated with people increasing or decreasing their chances of developing a problem with gambling in Wave 2, will remain.

“Further surveys will provide a deeper understanding of why people go on to develop a problem with their gambling, changes in gambling behaviour and habits as well as related risks and vulnerabilities.”

If you want to find out more facts about gambling, visit the Gamble Aware website.

Victorian Gambling Study Wave 3 surveys will run from October 2010 to January 2011. 

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