Family and friends are influences according to Nova Scotia VLT study – Health – video lottery gamblers – Brief Article
HALIFAX — Family and friends can both encourage problems among video lottery gamblers and help them to overcome problem play, says a Nova Scotia government report.
The 2000 Regular VLT Players Follow Up also found that 60 per cent of problem players try to solve their problems themselves rather than seeking formal services. The finding is important, said Brian Wilbur, director of addiction services for the Department of Health, because clinicians generally base their knowledge on those who seek treatment.
Slightly less than one per cent of Nova Scotians are involved in problem VET play, according to the first phase of the research that was conducted in 1997-98. The follow-up, which looked at 181 people who play VLTS once a month or more, found that contrary to common perception VET players are not usually loners.
Problem players reported an increase in the amount of time they play with family and friends, including other problem VET gamblers. They also reported being pressured to continue if they stop or reduce play.
On the other hand, family and friends may help people deal with their gambling problem.
The report also found that 24 per cent of problem gamblers were unaware of Department of Health services, which include professional treatment and counselling, a 24-hour counselling help line, and an informational web site, video, newsletters and brochures.
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