Gambling a Growing Problem Among Young Koreans

A report from the Korea Center on Gambling Problems has revealed that 19 percent of the 939 university students taking part in the study suffered from gambling-related issues at an average age of 18.9 years old.

Conducted by the Center’s Gangwon Province Branch and given to students within the Gangneung area, the study’s results are troubling as a similar study conducted on adults by the National Gambling Control Commission last year returned a prevalence rate of 5.1 percent, nearly one-fourth the rate among the university students.

When asked when they had first gambled, 22.5 percent of the university students answered middle school, and 42.7 percent answered high school.

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