Although there are many concerns about the potential internet gambling will increase the likelihood of gambling problems, new research from Southern Cross University (SCU) indicates there is little evidence to support this claim. However, the study indicates that vulnerable gamblers engaging with internet gambling remain most at risk.
As smartphones provide gamblers more access to betting sites and online casinos, new prevention and treatment strategies to address problem gambling needs to be adopted, particularly as more young people go online. “For people with gambling problems, internet gambling can worsen (problems) and young males are particularly at risk,” said clinical psychologist Dr Sally Gainsbury from SCU. She suggests universal self-exclusion across gambling sites, promoting self-limit setting and targeted pop-up messages for gamblers may reduce gambling harms.
The results from this study aims to demonstrate how research can inform important policy questions as well as practice including guiding treatment and prevention initiatives for internet gambling. Thanks, SCU, for continuing to prove research is the smartest investment Australia can make for its future. Let’s keep it clever, Australia