- Gambling is something that is done worldwide and some people are at risk of becoming problem gamblers.
- Australia is the biggest country in the world for gambling losses.
- A new reform being drawn up is meant to help aid in solving the problem.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Southern Australia is set to fund more resources for gambling addiction if a new reform passes within the State Parliament. The Gamblers Rehabilitation Fund would receive an extra $1 million annually to help bettors at risk.
Australia is the number one country in the world for betting losses. When broken down, Aussies spend an average of $11,000 per adult person yearly in the entire country.
The extra money would go toward helping people at risk of developing a gambling addiction with the use of counselors and interventions. The Southern Australia Attorney-General Vickie Chapman has stated that the reform would help in creating two separate goals.
“As I’ve consistently said, our gambling reforms have two key goals – support an important part of our economy and community, and ensure there are strong protections in place for vulnerable South Australians who find themselves needing support,” said Chapman.
Money to further fund the reform would come from unclaimed winnings by bettors or by those that have won but have been banned from gambling in the first place. To get a better idea of who problem gamblers are, the state will implement a series of things in helping to identify those that take part in the pastime. Facial recognition machines will help to weed out problem bettors as well as those that have been banned from participating. All of these actions are meant to protect citizens from the harmful effects of problem gambling.
States in the U.S. are making similar strides to help with gambling addiction. For those that have yet to legalize sports betting, some are trying to ensure the adding of treatment for addicts as an allotted slot for some of the revenue of legal sports betting should the laws pass. It is no secret that gambling can lead to addiction and states are trying to get ahead of the problem before passing any laws legalizing it
Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.