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29.01.2010 09:30

Every second German plays games of chance - awareness of the dangers of gambling is growing

Dr. Marita Völker-Albert Press office
Federal Center for Health Education

Around half of Germans aged 16 to 65 have played one or more games of chance in the past twelve months. This means that the proportion of people gambling in Germany remains at the level of two years ago. This emerges from the new representative survey of the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) on gambling behavior in Germany, which was published today.

Around half of Germans aged 16 to 65 have played one or more games of chance in the past twelve months. This means that the proportion of people gambling in Germany remains at the level of two years ago. This emerges from the new representative survey of the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) on gambling behavior in Germany, which was published today.

Gambling behavior develops problematically in the group of young men who play at machines. For 18 to 20 year olds, for example, this proportion has more than doubled from just under six percent in 2007 to 15 percent in 2009. Overall, more men (60 percent) than women (47 percent) take part in games of chance. 40 percent of those questioned tried their luck at the "6 out of 49" lottery last year. That was 4.5 percent more than in 2007. It is very likely that this increase is primarily due to two large lottery jackpots in the last two years.
In addition, according to current estimates, around 1.1 percent of the German population has problematic or even pathological gaming behavior. That corresponds to around 600,000 people.

"Gambling behavior in Germany continues to give cause for concern," emphasizes Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Pott, director of the Federal Center for Health Education. "Young men in particular are at risk of becoming addicted to gambling. They often underestimate the dangers of these games and believe that they can control gambling or identify streaks of luck."

At the same time, the representative survey by the BZgA shows that more and more Germans are aware of the risks associated with gambling. 61 percent of respondents feel well informed about the dangers of gambling today. In 2007 it was only about one in two. In addition, more and more people are now looking for specific information about the burdens and problems of gambling and more and more people know where they can get help and advice if they need it.

Since 2007, the BZgA has been running the prevention campaign "Don't play until you become addicted to gambling!" In cooperation with the German Lotto and Totoblock (DLTB). by. With nationwide educational measures, regional information and advisory services as well as cooperation with addiction prevention institutions at the state level, the population is made aware of the risks of gambling. In addition, those affected and their relatives receive help and advice in coping with their problems. "Our efforts to prevent gambling addiction are having an effect," explains Prof. Dr. Pot. "Together with the federal states, the BZgA will continue to expand prevention measures in the future in order to counteract gambling addiction in the population."

On the BZgA website http://www.piele-mit-verendung.de, those affected and their relatives can find extensive information and advice with a free online exit program, a chat hour and a self-test on their own gambling behavior. There is also the option of telephone advice on the free number 0800-1 37 27 00. Brochures on the subject of gambling and gambling addiction can also be ordered free of charge from the following address: Federal Center for Health Education, 51101 Cologne, Fax: 0221-8992257, E- Mail: [email protected], http://www.bzga.de

The representative survey of the BZgA "Gambling behavior in Germany 2007 and 2009" can be downloaded from http://www.bzga.de.


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