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The Myth Of Gambling Responsibly

Gambling is of course a recreational activity, something to raise the stakes and adrenaline during a game. (Or a whimsical ‘why not’). But of course that isn’t always the case. 

A total of 64% of Australian adults gamble at least once a year, with the most common form of gambling being a lotto ticket for those who gamble regularly, followed by instant scratch tickets and electronic gaming machines or “pokies”. So when we see the warning after every gambling ad “gamble responsibly” what does that actually mean?

The Daily was joined by Anastasia Hronis, Clinical Psychologist from the University of Technology Sydney, to talk more about who shares this responsibility around gambling.

If this story has raised any concerns for you or a loved one, Call the Gambling Helpline (1800 858 858 – any time 24 hours). They can talk to you confidentially and provide information and self-help tools. You can also visit the Gambling Help Online website here.

If you would like to read more about Anastasia’s research, you can read her article in The Conversation here.

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