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Casinos Bet on Gambling Addiction Web Site
Compulsive Australian gamblers seeking help
from Gamblers Anonymous are being hit with online casino pop-up
advertisements when they visit the Web site of the self-help group, the
Daily Telegraph newspaper said on Friday.
Australians gambled away a record A$15 billion ($11 billion) in the
year to June 2002 — nearly two percent of gross domestic product and
slightly more than the nation’s defence budget, according to national
statistics released late last year.
"This is when they least need that temptation. They are reaching out
for support. Suddenly cues that allow them to gamble are there," Louise
Sharpe, director of the University of Sydney’s gambling research unit,
told the paper.
The tabloid said the self-help group cannot block the ads or take
legal steps against the online casinos, which are based overseas.
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