|According to Dr. James Wright gambling is no worse than any other vice – fine in moderation. Wright’s position went public yesterday as he handed out information kits in Hobart's Elizabeth Mall for the Australian Department of Health and Human Services' gambling awareness campaign. |
Australians have one of the worlds highest populations per capita of addicted gamblers. So Wright’s position came as a slap in the face to the minority of policy makers who look to outright ban gambling activity. But Wright’s message came with a caveat: 'But if gambling gets beyond just spending spare change in your pocket, you may need to take stock'.
He added in an interview with the Mercury: 'A smart gambler is a responsible gambler, who knows the odds, gambles for fun, accepts the risk, sets sensible limits and recognizes that gambling is not a way to solve financial or personal problems.'
But Wright’s message is one of hope, as not only did he dismiss the demons of gambling, but he concluded with the statement that any gambling problem, no matter how dire, is curable.