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SINGAPORE REPORTS PROBLEM GAMBLING NUMBERS
15th May, 2012 at 03:48:00
Rate well within the international average
Answering a parliamentary request for information this week, Singapore Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong said that an estimated 1.4% of Singapore punters are possible pathological gamblers, well within international norms.
The minister said the statistics were based on several independent studies conducted over the past five years.
Non-gambling video gaming appeared to present a bigger problem, especially among the young, according to 2010 survey data, which indicated that 8.7% of 2,998 children and adolescents surveyed were pathological video-gamers.
Minister Gan said the Health Ministry funded the introduction of the National Addictions Management Service (NAMS) at the Institute of Mental Health in 2008 to provide a multidisciplinary assessment and treatment service for severe addiction cases.
Apart from providing training for healthcare and social service professionals, NAMS also conducts public forums to raise awareness.
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