Rise of Mobile Gaming Causes Concern in Australia

Minister: Most risk for men aged 18 to 34

This week, a warning came from the South Australian Minister for Gambling, Bernard Finnegan that the rise in online or mobile gambling makes young men aged 18 to 34, more vulnerable to becoming problem gamblers.

"Often this [18 to 34] age group is unaware of their gambling problem or don't know at what stage their gambling can become a problem," he said.

Families and Communities Minister Jennifer Rankine said a new information campaign targeted on young men aged 18 to 34 focuses on an audience who could be difficult to reach with general awareness campaigns.

"It highlights the fact that in many cases, what gamblers stand to win is actually things they have already lost through compulsive gambling, such as relationships and employment," Ms Rankine said.

"The adverts encourage these young men to visit a new website, Win Back Your Life.com.au, where they can answer a series of questions about gambling that will provide more information about where to get help if needed.

The minister added: "Dealing with problem gambling at the early stages can prevent the problem from getting worse to the point where the gambler loses everything.”

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