In 2017, the prevalence of at-risk or pathological gambling behaviour was 2.9% in the Swiss population. If we extrapolate the data from the survey to the number of people living in private households in Switzerland aged 15 and over, this results in an estimate of 178 000 persons with at-risk and 15 000 persons with pathological gambling behaviour.

This indicator is part of the Monitoring System Addiction and NCD (MonAM) of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

In Switzerland various forms of gambling, for example slot machines, poker, betting on sports events or lotteries are used regularly by the population. In addition to people whose gambling behaviour presents a low to moderate risk, there are gamblers whose behaviour is at-risk or pathological. Those affected are people who have lost control over their gambling behaviour and whose daily life often centres around gambling. This behaviour can seriously effect family and professional life. Compulsive gambling frequently leads to financial problems. Typically, pathological gamblers tend to lose touch with reality and to deny that there is a problem. A key concern of the Gambling Act is the protection of gamblers against the socially damaging effects of gambling.

The indicator shows the prevalence of at-risk and pathological gambling in the population and helps to plan preventive measures and intervention.

Definition

The indicator shows the percentage of people who indicate their gambling as pathological or at-risk in comparison to other gambling behaviours (low-risk/never).

The indicator is based on the following four questions (SGLSP25a; SGLSP25b; SGLSP25c; SGLP25d) from the Swiss Health Survey (SHS):

“Please answer the following questions on gambling:

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Source

References

  • Dey, M. et al. (2019). Glücksspiel: Verhalten und Problematik in der Schweiz im Jahr 2017. ISGF, Zürich: study (in German).
  • Haug S. et al. (2015). Auswahl und Empfehlung von Items zur Befragung des Bundesamts für Statistik zum Thema Geldglücksspiele im Jahr 2017. ISGF, Zürich.

Further information

  • Auslegeordnung Verhaltenssüchte (2022). Bundesamt für Gesundheit, Bern: Factsheet (in German, French and Italian)
  • Bundesgesetz über Geldspiele: Geldspielgesetz (BGS) (in German, French and Italian)
  • Notari, L. et al. (2022). Glücks- und Geldspielnutzung, Videospiel, Sexualverhalten, Kaufverhalten, soziale Medien und Internet: Suchtverhalten ohne Substanz? Auslegeordnung zu wissenschaftlichen Evidenzen, Terminologie, Messskalen und Prävalenzen. Forschungsbericht. Sucht Schweiz, GREA, Lausanne: Report (in German and French).
  • Zentrum für Spielsucht und andere Verhaltenssüchte: Website (in German)

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Last updated

27.04.2022