Gambling and Problem Gambling in Ontario - 2005
While the majority of Ontarians gambled without problems, a significant number experienced problems related to their gambling. In this study, 2.6% had moderate gambling problems and 0.8% had severe gambling problems. This translated to approximately 253,857 individuals with moderate problems and 78,110 with severe gambling problems in the province of Ontario. The rates of moderate and severe gambling problems were similar to those observed in the 2001 Ontario gambling prevalence study.
Also consistent with the 2001 prevalence study, the highest rates of gambling problems were among young adults. In this study, 6.9% of 18 to 24 year-olds had moderate to severe gambling problems. Clearly, this age group remains an important target group.