Study finds link with gambling

    New research has supported concerns raised by campaigners that the
    deregulation of gambling could see a rise in homelessness.

    A study comparing homelessness rates in four UK cities with those
    in Boston, the US, and Melbourne finds evidence that the easing of
    gambling restrictions in parts of Australia is a growing factor in
    homelessness.

    The research, by the University of Sheffield, finds that the
    reasons for homelessness are broadly similar except in Australia,
    where 38 per cent of those surveyed mentioned gambling as a factor
    compared to four per cent in the UK and US.

    Electronic gaming machines were legalised in the Australian state
    of Victoria in 1992 leading to a proliferation in gambling.

    – Research and prevention practices guide from www.sheffield.ac.uk  

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