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Gamblers pick up the habit at around 14 years old: survey

A survey on youth gambling has found that the average age of those who pick up the habit in Singapore is around 14 years old. The survey showed their favourite activities include playing poker-cards, mahjong, and betting on 4D and TOTO.

SINGAPORE: A survey on youth gambling has found that the average age of those who pick up the habit in Singapore is around 14 years old. The survey showed their favourite activities include playing poker-cards, mahjong, and betting on 4D and TOTO.

The project by Nanyang Polytechnic and Fei Yue Community Services surveyed more than 1,200 youth. It found that more boys than girls gamble, and that the youths would spend their pocket money on gambling or use food to wager.

Meanwhile, experts point out that at least 15 new youth gambling cases have emerged every year, over the last three years.

John Chua, a counsellor with the National Addiction Management Service, said: "Most of the people from our centre here, their family environment is not so stable, and there may be other causes such as mental illnesses like anxiety. Maybe for young people, they may have ADHD, conduct problems, and these will probably be a group of people at higher risk." 

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