Responsible Gambling Council Research Suggests Blind Spots

Published Monday, May 10, 2010 -

Responsible Gambling Council Research from the province of Ontario Canada suggests that Ontario gamblers have a 'blind spot' when it come to recognizing the symptoms of problem gambling in themselves. New findings from the Responsible Gambling Council sheds light on gambling attitudes and behaviour in the province before the provincial governments gets into the online gambling and casino industry. The survey revealed that Ontarians are very knowledgeable at recognizing problematic gambling behaviour in others, but do not show an aptitude for identifying their own unhealthy and potentially harmful activities when gambling. Ipsos-Reid conducted the research which concluded that 92% of Ontario's gambling adults could recognize at least one risky gambling behaviour in someone else. When responding to questions about their own gambling experience, only one in five bettors reported that they engaged in at least one risky behaviour in the past 12 months. Common problem gambling conditions were reported by respondents with 13% tending to go over their preset spending limit, 12% lost track of the amount of time they were spending while playing and 11% did what many gamblers tend to do, they tried to win back money lost while playing. Punters were not as aware of these risky behaviours as were the general public. Responsible Gambling Council's CEO Jon Kelly, said, "Experiencing any of these blind spots at one time doesn't necessarily add up to a gambling problem," "The important thing is, if you see a number of these blind spots in your life, or in the life of someone you care about, give yourself a reality check. In Toronto, an estimated 68,200 people are experiencing a moderate to severe gambling problem. RGC wants people in Toronto to check their blind spot now - to avoid a problem in the future." Paula Antoniazzi, Program Director, for the RGC says, "A gambling problem isn't something that suddenly appears," adding, "In our research, people with firsthand experience with a gambling problem have told us, 'I didn't see it coming.' There are usually early warning signs that can tip you off to a potential problem." This research may prove to be ammunition for detractors of the proposed online gambling liberalization steps being taken by numerous provincial governments in Canada.






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