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- several studies conducted between 2006 and 2012 show that up to 70% of the NSW adult population had gambled at least once in the previous 12 months
- in 2011-12, national gambling expenditure exceeded $20 billion for the year
- gambling expenditure in NSW was reported to be the highest of any state or territory in 2011-12 at $7.76 billion, rising to $7.91 billion in 2012-13
- more than 66% of this spending was on electronic gaming machines in clubs and hotels
The same report stated that the usual monthly spend reported by problem gamblers in 2012 was $501 or more (13%) and $201-$500 (19%).
A key finding of the report was that gambling help services are effective in reducing problem gambling.
The NSW Gambling Help website has a wealth of information and sources of help for problem gambling.
Under Get Help, you will find sources of help including counsellors, help in other languages, Warruwi Gambling Help, financial counselling, and legal help.
In the Manage your Gambling section, there's a gambling quiz, gambling calculator, advice for gamblers, and information about self exclusion.
The Connect with Others section of the website features real stories about people's experiences with problem gambling, showing how people feel at the various stages of their journey to recovery.
Under Learn More, you'll find out about the real odds of gambling, and videos on how do gaming machines really work and what teenagers think about gambling.
The Support Someone section includes a guide for family and friends, talking with teenagers about gambling, information for employers and work colleagues, and classroom resources.