VGS Wave Two report finds problem gamblers like to gamble alone

People who have a problem with their gambling prefer to gamble alone more so than any other type of gambler, Wave Two of the Victorian Gambling Study reveals.

The Victorian Gambling Study: A longitudinal study of gambling and public health - Wave Two Findings reports on surveys given by the 5,003 participants in the 12-month period between Wave One and Two of the study, which was completed in January 2010.

Nearly 78 per cent of problem gamblers in Wave Two report that they gambled alone, while almost 22 per cent gamble with either one other person or with several people.

This is in comparison to non-problem gamblers, where 56 per cent prefer to gamble alone and over 44 per cent indicated that they gambled with others.

When asked if they had any difficulties associated with their gambling. 51 per cent of problem gamblers reported difficulties in the past 12 months.

All low risk, moderate risk and problem gamblers were also asked if they had sought help, either informally (through friends or family) or from a help professional.

Over one third (35.6 per cent) of problem gamblers, 1.7 per cent of moderate risk gamblers and less than one per cent of low risk gamblers report seeking help.

Participants who gambled during the 12 month period were asked the number of times during a single gambling session they used their ATM/EFTPOS/credit card to access extra money for gambling.

Responses ranged from not at all, once or less than once a session, twice a session, three times a session and four or more than four times a session.

Over 90 per cent of non-problem gamblers did not access ATM/EFTPOS/credit in comparison to 11.9 per cent of problem gamblers.

Meanwhile 28.6 per cent of problem gamblers reported that they accessed ATM/EFTPOS/credit four or more times in one session. Less than one per cent of non-problem gamblers did so.