Top doc calls for costlier casino booze 0
The province’s top doctor wants casino booze to cost more and the number of serving hours reduced to curb problem gambling, which has doubled in 10 years.
Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C.’s chief medical health officer, made the recommendations Wednesday in a new report to government.
He said problem gamblers now make up 0.9% of the province’s above-18 population, adding that Victoria remains the government that puts the least amount of money nationally into tackling the problem.
The average amount of per-capita cash provincial governments pour into attacking gambling addiction, he said, is $3.59.
B.C. spends just $1.50.
Additionally, the province already rates the “risk” of electronic gaming machines. The report recommends putting that risk-assessment data on signs attached to slot machines and other electronic gambling devices.
In B.C., the $2.2-billion industry provided government about $82 million last year from gambling dollars. Another $135 million went to charities in the same time.