(KTSF by Susannah Lee)
An increasing number of problem Chinese gamblers are asking for help. But, a local community group says the number is still low compared to those needing this type of help.
The Chinese Community Problem Gambling Project received around 300 calls for help in 2011, which is a 10% increase compared to 2010.
38% of the callers were what the project refers to as problem gamblers and they were predominantly males between the ages of 36 and 55.
Kent Woo, Executive Director of NICOS Chinese Health Coalition welcomes the increase in awareness among the Chinese community, but believes that less than only 10% of all Chinese problem gamblers actually asked for help.
Woo is also concerned about gambling problems among youth. According to research, problem gamblers are 4 times higher among youth compared to adults.
In addition to face-to-face counselling, the Chinese Community Problem Gambling Project added a free phone counselling service throughout California serving both Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking individuals.
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