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Australian Problem Gamblers Suffer Long-Term Pain, Study Suggests

Problem gamblers in Australia have suffered significantly higher levels of financial and mental distress than not only non-gamblers but also those gambling at low- and moderate-risk levels, according to an analysis of survey data.

Only 1 percent of the Australian public qualifies as high-risk gamblers, but they reported higher levels of psychological distress, more episodes of binge drinking and more difficulty paying bills, said Marisa Fogarty, director of the Centre for Gambling Research at Australian National University in Canberra.

Those higher levels persisted over time, up to 15 years, she said.

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