Prevalence and Proximity of Gambling Venues [online report]
A report produced for the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre entitled "Assessing the Geo-Spatial Association in Ontario between the Prevalence of Problem Gambling, Treatment Availability and Help Seeking" (2005, September) is interesting as it partially examines the question of how the proximity of gambling venues relates to the risk of gambling. From the report abstract (p.4):
"Proximity to gambling venues was marginally statistically significant in predicting risk of problem gambling, but much less important than these other factors, particularly substance abuse comorbidity. In an analysis predicting help-seeking for problem gamblers, seeking treatment was associated with having some post-secondary education and with age (in a non-linear fashion). Results also showed that a problem gambler living in close proximity to a gambling venue was less likely to be in treatment if the nearest treatment program was comparatively far away."