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Gambling in Victoria


Community attitudes survey 2018: Harm from gambling

As part of our community attitudes survey, we asked the Victorians about their experience of harm from gambling.

Have you been harmed by someone else’s gambling?

One in 10 people said they had experienced harm in the previous year because of someone else’s gambling. This included:

  1. feelings of sadness, anxiety, stress or anger
  2. relationship difficulties
  3. negative impact on their social life
  4. financial hardship
  5. reduced ability to work or study.

There were no significant differences across age or gender.


1 in 10

Victorians were harmed by someone else’s gambling in the previous year.


4 in 5

Victorians experiencing problem gambling were also harmed by someone else’s gambling in the previous year.

Compared to non-problem gamblers:

  • people experiencing problem gambling were 16.7 times more likely to report harm from someone else’s gambling
  • moderate-risk gamblers were 12.7 times more likely to report harm from someone else’s gambling
  • low-risk gamblers were 5.1 times more likely to report harm from someone else’s gambling.

Have you experienced harm because of your own gambling?

We asked people about negative effects from their own gambling. The five most common types of harm were:

  1. reduced spending money
  2. reduced savings
  3. feelings of regret or shame about their gambling
  4. spending less time with people they care about
  5. feeling like a failure.

Men (9.2 per cent) were more likely than women (4.9 per cent) to report harm. People at risk of, or already experiencing, problem gambling were more likely to report harm.


1 in 15

people were harmed by their own gambling in the previous year.

‘All people who gamble are at risk of harm’

About half the people surveyed agreed that everyone who gambles is at risk of harm.

There were no significant differences in agreement with this statement across age or gender.

Agreement was strongest among people experiencing problem gambling (70.5 per cent), followed by non-gamblers (57.2 per cent) and moderate-risk gamblers (56 per cent).

Confidence in avoiding gambling harm

When asked whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement, ‘I am confident that I would never get addicted to gambling’, 67.2 per cent of people agreed.

There were no significant differences for age or gender.

Non-problem gamblers (79.5 per cent) were most likely to agree with the statement ‘I am confident that I would never get addicted to gambling’. In contrast, fewer than half of moderate-risk gamblers (43.8 per cent) and those experiencing problem gambling (46.4 per cent) agreed with the statement.

About a quarter of moderate-risk gamblers and those experiencing problem gambling disagreed with the statement ‘I am confident that I would never get addicted to gambling’.

Find out more about gambling harm in Victoria.

Read more about how the community attitudes survey was conducted.

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