Swelogs facts sheet no 17 2014, Twice the number of people who have had serious gambling problems

The number of people who have had serious problems with gambling at some time in their lives doubled between 1998/1999 and 2008/2009. Greater availability and more intense marketing are two possible explanations.

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Swelogs, the Swedish longitudinal gambling study, is a Swedish population study of health and gambling being conducted over seven years, between 2008 and 2015. The study aims to build an evidence base to develop effective preventive measures against the harmful effects of excessive gambling. The roughly 8,000 randomly selected respondents between the ages of 16 and 84 who took part in the baseline study will be contacted at least three more times during the course of the study. Data used in this fact sheet is from 2008/2009. The degree of gambling problems was assessed based on the measurement instrument Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI).

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  • Author: Public Health Agency of Sweden
  • Release date: 2014-04-07

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