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Old 25th August 2005
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Post NZ gamble free day

On the 19th of August Wellington , the capital of New Zealand held a gamble free day to highlight the social, economic and human cost of problem gambling.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00263.htm

Some of the more memorable quotes from the article that does make very interesting reading are :-


"Pokies are the primary reason cited by problem gamblers as the cause of their problem, and that accounts for 90% of our clients," says Transom.

"But the economic, social and cultural costs to communities are even higher. Problem gambling can lead to reliance on foodbanks, domestic violence, neglect, crime such as fraud, kidnapping and extortion, and in some cases, suicide."

Problem gambling affects more than individuals. For every person with a gambling problem, seven people are affected. These people are whanau, children, friends, employers and the wider community.

There is a call for stringent safety features on pokies (slot machines) in order to curb the prevalence and harm of problem gambling.

Would a measure such as that help ?


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