Regular players of electronic gaming machines find it difficult to identify early signs of problem gambling and are reluctant to intervene when they suspect someone they know has a gambling problem.
This new study is based on interviews with 25 adults who play on these machines at least once per week.
Participants found it difficult to describe responsible gambling beyond not exceeding one’s disposable income or to identify signs of problem gambling outside of gaming venues. They also had little knowledge about services available for people with gambling problems.
Researchers state the study will help in targeting messages towards people who may need some assistance in controlling their gambling habit.