Wave two analysis shows gambling behaviours are not static

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Detailed analysis of the Victorian Gambling Study’s 5,003 Wave Two interviews reveals that almost 10 per cent of participants changed their gambling habits and behaviours in the 12 month period between Wave One and Two.

Participants moved up or down the gambling ‘ladder’, which is used as a type of benchmark for participants. The top rung represents problem gamblers and the base of the ladder represents non-gamblers. The ladder has five gambling categories.

Those categories are:

  • non-gambler - does not gamble
  • non-problem gambler - does not have a problem with their gambling
  • low risk gambler - has a small chance of developing a problem
  • moderate risk gambler - has moderate chance of developing a problem
  • problem gambler: someone who has a gambling problem.

Findings show that almost six per cent of participants who gamble increased their risk category (moved up the ladder) from Wave One to Wave Two, moving to the low, moderate or problem gambling risk categories.

The Wave Two report, The Victorian Gambling Study: A longitudinal study of gambling and public health - Wave Two Findings, also reveals that about nine per cent of moderate risk gamblers became problem gamblers.

The findings also show that over four per cent of participants decreased their risk and moved from the problem, moderate or low risk categories (down the ladder) to become non-problem gamblers or non-gamblers.

Interestingly, 72.5 per cent of problem gamblers did not change category from Wave One to 2, while almost 88 per cent of non-problem gamblers remained non-problem gamblers.

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Wave Three

Qualitative Component

Wave Two

Baseline Study