VCGAVictorian Casino and Gaming Authority (Australia)
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Another VCGA study, also released in 1997, argued that increased expenditure on gambling had been largely funded from a run-down in savings.
The VCGA inner city study found that non-participants in the labour market (including unemployed people), and part-time workers, were more likely to be recent poker machine gamblers than full-time workers.
There is no reason to believe that the incidence of problem gambling in Australia is any less than this, although a 1997 study by the Australian Institute for Gambling Research published by the VCGA argued that the at-risk group of problem gamblers ranges between 1 per cent and 3 per cent of the adult population.