How many people are affected by gambling problems?
Excessive gambling affects between 1% and 4% of the population, within industrialised countries*. This number varies depending on the country and the availability of gambling opportunities.
In Switzerland, close to 2% of the adult population experience gambling difficulties**.
The majority of individuals seeking professional support for gambling problems are male: the ratio is 3 males for every 1 female within specialist consultations.
* Shaffer, Hall & Bilti,1999 ; Stücki & Rihs, 2007
**Bondolfi, Jermann, Ferrero, Zullino and Osiek, 2008