- Report to Federal government found decline in rate of problem gambling
- Survey of 11500 people found 0.42% were problem gamblers
Problem gambling appears to be in decline in Germany, according to the evidence provided by a national addiction study.
The Drug and Addiction Report 2017, which was released on Monday, primarily addressed the problem of intoxicants, but included a section on problem gambling.
The survey was based on responses from 11,500 people, given in 2015. Only 37.3% of those surveyed said that they had taken part in at least one kind of gambling activity in the previous twelve months, which represents a significant drop from the 40.2% figure in the last report, based on a 2013 survey, and an even larger decline on the 55% of respondents who had gambled in 2007.
Respondents who admitted that they had gambled were asked a further series of twenty questions designed in such a way that answering yes to three or four of them would enable researchers to label that person as a ‘problem gambler’.
According to this methodology, only 0.42% of respondents were identified as problem gamblers, with 0.37 % considered to be more severe pathological casino players.
This level of problem gambling represents a significant decline on the figures of 0.82% and 0.69% for problem gamblers and pathological gamblers respectively that were recorded by the 2013 survey, although that report appeared to mark a one-off divergence from the overall progression of problem gambling which had been trending downwards for some time.
The rate of problem gambling in Germany had declined from 0.64% in 2009 to 0.51% in 2011 so the latest figures indicate a return to that trend.
The latest figures also indicated a sharp drop in pathological gambling rates among women, which fell from 0.31% to 0.07% while the male rate fell from 1.32% to 0.68%
The survey does not break down the gambling figures by demographic factors or gambling activity, nor does it explain why the previous survey indicated a rise in problem gambling, but it does fit with the overall trend of a recent years that shows a decline in problem gambling in Germany, which contrasts with the slight increase shown by studies of the UK population.
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