Young low income and unemployed men are most likely in Australia to have a flutter

  • Report finds that 7.9 per cent of Australians had experienced gambling problems
  • Problem gamblers spend an average of $4759 a year

A report on the state of gambling in Australia has found that young men who are on low incomes or unemployed are among those most likely to have a flutter in the country.

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Gambling is most prevalent among young males who are on low incomes.

The report also found that Australia has 193,000 problem gamblers who spend an average of A$6,241 ($4,759) every year on their gambling habit.

The analysis was carried out by the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) which is part of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, and is based on the findings of the 2015 Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey. It shows that around 6.8 million people in Australia gamble regularly on one or more gambling activities every month.

According to the data for 2015, poker accounted for the largest portion of gambling spending, while scratchcards attracted the least amount of money.

Problem gambling

The report also revealed that 7.9 per cent of people had encountered at least one gambling-related problem during 2015.

According to the lead researcher for AGRC, Dr Andrew Armstrong, regular gamblers were more likely to be at risk of problem gambling.

He said: “At least 40 per cent of those who gambled regularly on the pokies, race betting, sports betting, casino table games, private betting or poker experienced gambling-related problems.”

Dr Armstrong also reported that young, unemployed or low-income men were most at risk of becoming problem gamblers.

“People who experienced problems tended to be males aged 18 to 29 who were unemployed, single, renting and had low incomes,” he said.

In addition, the report highlighted retired people, particularly those who relied on welfare or who didn’t live in a major city, who also featured prominently in the group of regular gamblers. In commenting on the findings, Dr Jennifer Baxter of the AGRC also highlighted the disproportionate affect of gambling on those with low incomes.

“Gamblers in low income families spent an average of 10 per cent of their household income on gambling, compared to high income households which spent one per cent of the household budget.”

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