Students at University of Toronto Scarborough this week are being warned they are at more risk than most people for developing a gambling addiction.
Adults aged 18 to 24 “experience the highest incidence of problem gambling,” says The Responsible Gambling Council, which in Ontario is a charity delivering services for the province’s health ministry.
Because a study says 6.9 per cent of people in this age group have a “moderate to severe gambling problem,” the council is visiting the campus with Know the Score 2 kits pointing out “myths” associated with problem gambling and advising people on where to go for help.
Representatives of the KTS2 program - at the Student Centre on Wednesday, Jan, 21 and Thursday, Jan. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m., and at the Meeting Place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday - can also speak to students in person about gambling.
Those who answer a five-question quiz could win a $1500 scholarship or an iPad, the university has announced.
There’s more on the www.facebook.com/knowthescore2
Ontario’s government has made billions of dollars from gambling in the province.
The province’s Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation this month launched an online gambling site on which players in Ontario can spend almost $10,000 a week.