Gaming machines influence physical, mental health negatively

January 8th, 2009 - 4:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Jan 8 (IANS) Gaming machines have a detrimental effect on the lives of people using them, according to a new study. The Centre for Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CSHORE) and Te Ropu Whariki carried out the study on social and economic impacts of gambling in New Zealand.

After interviewing more than 7,000 participants, the researchers were able to create a picture of how gambling affects the well-being of people and their families.

It was found that in a year more than 60 percent had participated in some form of gambling.

Playing on gaming machines affected people’s feelings about relationships with family and friends, feelings about self, overall quality of life, and overall satisfaction with life and were reported to be the reason for poorer physical health and mental well-being.

But people involved in other forms of gambling did not develop the same negative feelings, said a CSHORE release.

Researcher En-Yi Lin said that “of all the forms of gambling, gaming machines, particularly when played in bars, elicited the most negative responses from people of all ethnicities”.

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