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Measuring Gambling and Problem Gambling in Ontario

Jamie Wiebe (Responsible Gambling Council), Eric Single (Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse), Agata Falkowski-Ham (Responsible Gambling Council) | Dec 1, 2001

This report presents the results of a survey conducted in the spring of 2001 by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario) under a grant from the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre. The study is intended to:

  • Determine the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling among Ontario adults
  • Describe the characteristics of individuals experiencing gambling-related problems
  • Describe the relationship between problem gambling and substance abuse
  • Discuss the implications of the findings to treatment and prevention programming

Perhaps the major finding of this study is that there are a significant number of Ontario adults who report problems as a result of their gambling. Of the total sample (5,000 persons aged 19 or older living in Ontario), 16.8% were non-gamblers, 69.8% report that they gamble without any problems, 9.6% are classified as “at risk” in that they have indicated relatively minor problems, 3.1% score as having moderate gambling problems and 0.7% are rated as having severe gambling problems on the Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI).

Thus, 3.8% or approximately 340,000 Ontarians aged 18 years or older report problems of sufficient magnitude to rank as having moderate or severe gambling problems on the CPGI. Another key finding is that those with moderate to severe problems tend to be disproportionately young (between the ages of 18-24), unattached males.

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