The Social Cost of Gambling to Victoria

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This study, funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and undertaken by a team of researchers from Central Queensland University,  aimed to assess the social costs associated with gambling in financial terms in Victoria. The report categorises the types and costs of gambling harm.  While previous studies have  excluded low-risk and moderate-risk gamblers with a focus only on people experiencing severe levels of harm (using the Problem Gambling Severity Index)  this study broadened the calculation to include all gambling severity levels: low-risk, moderate-risk and problem gambling.  It found the cost of gambling in Victoria in 2014-15 totalled $7 billion.