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Survey on Gambling in Singapore


More than Half of Singapore Gambles; But Only 2 in 100 at Risk of Gambling Addiction

A Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) survey conducted from December 2004 to February 2005 found that 58% of Singapore residents aged 18 years and above have taken part in some form of gambling activity over a one year period.
However, only a small minority of 2.1% reported symptoms suggesting probable pathological gambling. This is comparable to the results of similar studies in Hong Kong and Macau, which are also majority-Chinese urban societies.
CAMP, which stands for the Community Addictions Management Programme, has a treatment programme for gamblers with problems. Since 2002, it has seen only about 90 cases. This suggests that most depend on the support of their families and friends, and from the community in general. However, some may not have come forward to seek help.
Overall, the survey findings show that gambling is prevalent among Singaporeans. However, only a small minority may be at risk of being addicted to gambling. Nevertheless, more can be done to address the problem.

Source: Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports Press Release 13 Apr 2005

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