Gambling addiction is a nation-wide problem and the harm is documented: There are at least 115,000 Australians at the moment who are directly and seriously harmed by gambling and another 280,000 experiencing significant risk. By comparison 24,600 Australians were admitted to hospital due to a car accident in the last year.
The harms associated with gambling include not only financial disaster, bankruptcy and loss of assets, but also divorce, separation and its harmful impacts on children, family violence, mental and physical ill health, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, and self-harm.
Studies are now showing the impact of gambling on children: Teenagers are four times more likely to develop gambling problems than adults and 1 in 5 adults with gambling problems started gambling before they were 18. We want to stop the problem before it starts. We need you.
Gambling addiction is experienced in every part of Australia but where we can make a difference is on the ground, in communities. Sign up to volunteer with the Alliance for Gambling Reform and help create the change we need to protect our communities and the future of Australia's kids.