Category Archives: Problem Gambling

New Study Finds Potential Cause For Problem Gambling

When it comes to problem gambling, psychologists tend to be stumped about its causes, which results in difficulty determining suitable treatment. Now, researchers have discovered a potential cause of gambling addiction, which suggests that problem gamblers have developed a different brain patterns to non-players. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered that a part…

Gambling Researchers Offer Guidance On Pokie Harm Minimisation

In a recent article in The Conversation, two gambling experts in Academia offered up some unique insight into minimising gambling harm from poker machines. PhD Candidate Francis Markham and Senior Lecturer Martin Young listed eight pieces of advice that would help to reduce problem gambling rates across Australia. Firstly, the researchers noted that prevention is…

Problem Gamblers Falling in With the Wrong Crowd

One of the major dangers of addiction is falling in with the wrong crowd. Many individuals with compulsions eventually have difficulty paying for their habit and they resort to crime for funding. At The Star Casino, this situation is being taken to the extreme, as gang members are recruiting problem gamblers as drug mules to…

Opinions Vary On Funding Cuts For Problem Gambling Foundation

New Zealand’s federal government has recently pulled the majority of funding from the Problem Gambling Foundation and cancelled its contract with the organisation. The Salvation Army will take over the responsibilities of the Problem Gambling Foundation in July 2014, and industry experts have varying opinions on the matter. The Problem Gambling Foundation has been around…

NZ Problem Gambling Foundation Loses Government Funding

The New Zealand Problem Gambling Foundation is an organization that provides support to compulsive gamblers and runs prevention programs. Unfortunately, the group will no longer offer its services as it has lost its government funding. The loss is tragic, as the Problem Gambling Foundation will no longer be able to help thousands of people across…

$2.4 Million in Funding Available for Problem Gambling Programs

Treatment is an important facet in the fight against problem gambling, but more focus should be on prevention. Since gambling has become ubiquitous in the entertainment industry, it is important that young people and other vulnerable groups are taught to control their gambling spending before losing control ever becomes an issue. The Victorian Responsible Gambling…

Sydney Launches Problem Gambling Program For Chinese Players

Problem gambling is a growing concern among Chinese communities in Australia. To help combat this problem, the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has established the ‘Multicultural Problem Gambling Program for Chinese Communities’. According to the WSLHD, nearly half of all Western Sydney residents speak a language other than English in their homes. Seven percent…

Baby Left In Car While Parents Gambled

A growing problem across Australasia is the issue of parents leaving their children unattended while they visit casinos and other gambling venues. We have seen this problem develop over time and, while authorities have taken action to discourage parents from doing so, the problem keeps arising. Recently, parents from the Northern Territory were warned by…

AFL’s Help Requested to Fight Underage Gambling

One of the Responsible Gambling Foundation’s main missions is to prevent young people from being exposed to gambling and betting. To help with this cause, the foundation has requested assistance from the Australian Football League to help limit young people’s exposure to gambling activity in the mass media. Recently, we have seen more and more…

New Supermarket Lotto Service Could Encourage Problem Gambling

Problem gambling is becoming a major problem among adults in New Zealand, and local welfare groups and government initiatives have launched programs to deal with the issue. However, it is feared that changes to lottery services in local grocery stores will undo this work by encouraging players to gamble more. The supermarket Countdown will no…