International students love to gamble but for some it can turn into an addiction. We explain the addiction and how you can go about getting help
What is gambling?
Gambling involves visiting a pokies or a casino and placing a bet. It is a 50-50 chance of winning.
But for some people it can also turn into an addiction. This will be where things will start to go bad. For these people the casino can be their escape from daily life.
Gambling for joy is ok but only when done on a once off basis. For many students money can be quite tight so they go out to gamble at the casino or online pokies. It can lead to a lot of stress and hardship because people chase after their loses. Many friendships have been lost this way.
According to research done by Meld a few years back they say that Chinese international students gamble a lot due to academic and financial pressures. The same can be agreed upon by the SBS who mentions that the casinos have a lot of foods from their culture and inexpensive games for students to feel more at home. This year’s Chinese new year Crown participated and their casino became alive with all the decorations and the food. Thus it allured students and other Chinese into here.
In Australia casinos are all over the place. But in China gambling is forbidden. Therefore many students are scared to speak up about this problem.
Do you know of someone with a gambling issue? If so you should call Gamblers Help on 1800 858 858 which is a toll free number and they can help you out. All the information that you give them is confidential.