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S'pore residents' alcohol, gambling addiction rates revealed

Surveys show that alcohol addiction affects about 0.5 per cent of Singapore adult residents, while about 1.4 per cent are probable pathological gamblers.

SINGAPORE: Surveys show that alcohol addiction affects about 0.5 per cent of Singapore adult residents, while about 1.4 per cent are probable pathological gamblers.

Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong revealed the figures, which are based on data from various surveys conducted over the last five years, in a written parliamentary reply to Nominated MP Laurence Lien on Monday.

Mr Gan said a 2010 study (on pathological video-gaming) among Singaporean youth showed that 8.7 per cent of 2,998 children and adolescents surveyed were pathological video-gamers.

However, he also noted that there is no internationally agreed definition or scope of addiction prevalence rates.

Mr Gan said the Health Ministry funded the set up of the National Addictions Management Service (NAMS) at the Institute of Mental Health in 2008 to provide a multidisciplinary assessment and treatment service for severe addiction cases.

Apart from providing training for healthcare and social service professionals, NAMS also conducts public forums to raise awareness.

Source: CNA/wm

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