New Zealand’s gamblers report gambling more since they were put under pandemic lockdown, with boredom playing a major part of that increase.
Online Gambling in NZ – Health Promotion Agency queried some 1,190 adult respondents – with an overrepresentation of Maori and Pasifika respondents – regarding their use of alcohol, tobacco and online gambling products during the country’s Level 4 lockdown.
Around 39% of respondents said they’d gambled since the lockdown took effect. Of these gamblers, 50% reported gambling less than usual, 41% about the same and 9% gambled more than usual. Of the latter group, the 18-24 age demo were more likely to report gambling more (22%).
Of those who reported gambling, 23% did no online gambling during the lockdown while another 24% reported gambling online less than usual and 33% about the same level. Twelve percent reported gambling online more than usual while 8% reported gambling online for the first time during the lockdown.
While the 18-24 group were more likely to report gambling more during the lockdown, 18% of the 25-49 demo reported gambling online more than usual versus just 8% of the 18-24 demo. The younger demo did lead those who gambled online for the first time during the lockdown, but that’s understandable given the other demos had a legal head-start on the young ‘uns.
Half of those who said they gambled online less than usual during the lockdown said it was due to money concerns while only 13% said they were concerned that they might be gambling too much.
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