May 1997

VLT gambling comes with high societal cost


The impetus for this request is that gambling addiction, especially pertaining to VLTs, is becoming a significant and growing health problem. As a result of promotion by government the most powerful and influential organization in society gambling addiction may one day equal social and health problems associated with alcohol abuse.

Increased accessibility and promotion of gambling cause a rapid increase in the incidence of addiction. In Alberta, with the longest history of gambling promotion, almost nine per cent of adults are considered problem gamblers.