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Attitudes towards community gambling venues and support for regulatory reform: an online panel study of residents in New South Wales, Australia

Bestman, Amy, Thomas, Samantha L, Randle, Melanie, Pitt, Hannah and Daube, Mike 2018, Attitudes towards community gambling venues and support for regulatory reform: an online panel study of residents in New South Wales, Australia, Harm reduction journal, vol. 15, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1186/s12954-018-0218-x.

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Title Attitudes towards community gambling venues and support for regulatory reform: an online panel study of residents in New South Wales, Australia
Author(s) Bestman, AmyORCID iD for Bestman, Amy orcid.org/0000-0003-1269-2123
Thomas, Samantha LORCID iD for Thomas, Samantha L orcid.org/0000-0003-1427-7775
Randle, Melanie
Pitt, HannahORCID iD for Pitt, Hannah orcid.org/0000-0002-4259-6186
Daube, Mike
Journal name Harm reduction journal
Volume number 15
Article ID 15
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2018-04-02
ISSN 1477-7517
Keyword(s) gambling
public health
electronic gambling machine
venue
community survey
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
substance abuse
Summary BACKGROUND: Harmful gambling has been identified as an important public health issue that affects individuals, families and the broader community. One gambling product, electronic gambling machines (EGMs), has been associated with significant gambling harm in Australia. There has been limited research that has explored community perceptions of EGMs and attitudes towards reform. This study, conducted in NSW, Australia, aimed to explore community use of EGM venues (clubs and hotels containing EGMs), attitudes towards EGMs and whether the use of these venues influenced attitudes towards EGM reform.

METHODS: An online survey was conducted with 500 adults aged 16 years and over, representative of the population for age and gender. Discrete choice and open-ended questions were used to gather data on gambling behaviours, use of and attitudes towards EGMs and EGM venues and support for gambling harm reduction measures.

RESULTS: Three quarters of participants had visited an EGM venue in the previous year. Participants who had attended such venues were significantly more likely to use EGMs at least once per month. Participants attended EGM venues for a range of reasons including use of non-gambling facilities such as restaurants, the social aspects of the venue and ease of access to the venue. Some participants also attended EGM venues specifically for the gambling facilities. Most participants identified some negative impacts of EGMs for local communities and were supportive of measures to reduce the number of EGMs and prevent children's exposure to EGMs in such venues.

CONCLUSIONS: This study shows a high level of support for EGM reform amongst both individuals who attend EGM venues and also those who do not. There is potential for government to further regulate EGMs and the environments where they are located.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12954-018-0218-x
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30110252

Document type: Journal Article
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