Drop in gambling participation in Singapore in 2020

There has been a minimize in the rate of gambling participation in Singapore, in accordance to the Nationwide Council on Trouble Gambling (NCPG).

In its 2020 Gambling Participation Survey, the NCPG found that 44% of Singapore people aged 18 and more than participated in at minimum 1 sort of gambling exercise, in contrast to 52% in the former survey, performed in 2017.

The overall possible pathological and problem gambling (PPPG) fees among inhabitants remained small at 1.2%. But both the probable pathological gambling amount and the possible issue gambling price did clearly show an improve from 2017, with the former rising from .1% to .2%, and the latter climbing from .8% to 1%.

The median every month betting amounts, nonetheless, lowered from SG$30 (US$22.2) in 2017 to SG$15 in 2020. A total of 89% of gamblers wager SG$100 or significantly less for every month, even though just .3% guess with huge quantities of extra than SG$1,000 per month.

“The gambling landscape proceeds to evolve speedily,” said NCPG Chairman Tan Kian Hoon. “NCPG will function with the governing administration to study gambling-related developments and suggest on actions to fortify defense of people susceptible to the harms of gambling.

“To mitigate the risks of on the net gambling and gambling pitfalls in electronic games, especially amid the pandemic, the NCPG will be stepping up our general public education and learning efforts on the chance of problem gambling. The NCPG will also go on to get the job done with our partners to make sure that enable providers go on to stay accessible to every person.”

The study also uncovered that frequent gamblers were much more likely than non-recurrent gamblers to have lousy self-handle when gambling, with all those gamblers with weak self-handle extra likely to regret their gambling.

Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for Social and Loved ones Development, commented: “The Government regularly evaluations our regulatory framework and social safeguards across all gambling goods to assure they remain relevant in addressing new gambling solutions and tendencies.

“Amid emerging gambling items and pitfalls, we need to and will continue on to guard folks and their families from the harms of dilemma gambling – specifically all those who are a lot more vulnerable. Households and the community keep on to enjoy an crucial position, such as encouraging all those influenced by trouble gambling to search for support early.”