Pokies a gambler’s nightmare – survey

NZ Herald Dec 22, 2008

More than 70,000 New Zealanders could be suffering an inferior state of mental health thanks to their own gambling or a relative’s, new research estimates. And those who get their gambling fix playing poker machines are likely to feel worse about themselves – mentally and physically – than any other gamblers. The Massey University Assessment of the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in New Zealand reported that the playing of gambling machines elicited more negative mental and physical feelings than TAB or on-track betting, while also affecting people’s feelings about personal relationships, feelings about self, overall quality of life and overall satisfaction with life.

..Maori and Pacific Islanders were more likely to play the pokies than other ethnic groups, and as a result, on average, reported a poorer self-rated quality of life than other races.