In 2017, a new study shows more Singapore citizens gambled; however, the number of people suffering from gambling addiction did not increase. Singapore’s National Council for Gambling Addiction released the results of their study last week. The numbers show gambling addiction and problems are remaining stable. The numbers are not decreasing, nor are they increasing. The first survey was conducted in 2005.
The results show 52% of residents in Singapore played at least one form of gaming in 2017, which is up since 2014. In 2014, the number was up 44 percent. The figures are still below the 2005 and 2008 survey numbers, which were 58 and 54 percent, respectively.
The National Council for Gambling Addiction believes the number of gamers and those with addictions is stable. The stability they speak of is interesting considering the two integrated casinos that launched in 2010. One might have expected the numbers to change or increase due to more access to gambling.
The year 2010 was also one for regulating online gambling. Race betting and sports were regulated in 2016. Overall, problem gambling has moved less than one percent in the last twelve years. While the numbers have changed a little, the numbers are not showing anything drastic that should be considered statistically significant.
Singapore also has lower participation in gambling than Hong Kong, Macau, the US, South Australia, and New Zealand. These countries have more gaming options available, and often the statistic shows more problems with gambling in these areas than in places where gaming is not as big.
Singapore’s numbers are based on non-residents too, meaning that Chinese populations in Singapore, as well as Indian and Malay also account for the higher gaming participation numbers.
World Health Stats and Gambling
Global gambling addiction still impacts citizens, according to a WHO study. The World Health Organization study shows growth in gambling within the last few decades, and that gambling-related issues are at high as a major depressive disorder, and alcohol abuse, statistically. What this says is the people around the globe suffer from gambling addiction on the same level as alcohol abuse and major depressive disorder; however, Singapore’s study shows at least in one country things are decreasing.
Singapore may have low gambling addiction numbers and high gaming participation; however, things can also change with regulation and desire. The FIFA World Cup could change the numbers again due to an increase in participation that may even increase problems with gaming.