Surprise results in addiction assessment test


Some 270 people used computerized kiosks installed in six casinos to assess their possible addiction to gambling between December 17 and March 31. The assessment found that 60.4 percent showed signs of pathological gambling behavior. The kiosks are a joint test project of the Social Welfare Bureau, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau and the University of Macau’s Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming. Half the machines were installed at casino entrances and half on the gaming floor. Some 6,435 people made use of the machines, which provided information on responsible gaming and offered interactive quizzes and games with prizes. The organizations involved said they will add more functions and information about other forms of gambling before launching another test deployment later this year.