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This week the University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) published a study indicating that the country has a problem gambling rate of 0.3% of the population, which is very low.
The study showed that 84.9% of the Spanish population participates in gambling activities every year, but as a whole the addiction rates are very low. The 0.3% number is straggeringly low, and would be among the lowest in the world where gambling is a legalized activity. Most Spanish gamblers gamble through the lottery, but 6.5 million do gamble in bingo halls, at casinos, arcades, or online.
It should be noted that reasons for the low addiction rate aren't exactly known, but the study did reveal that most Spanish gamblers do so with the goal of socializing. The country does have strict advertising rules for gambling, and the government is looking to implement strict controls on the activity, claiming a desire to lessen the gambling addiction rate.
Commenting on the study José Antonio Gómez Yáñez, the Professor of Sociology at UC3M said, "Gambling is subject to much debate, like many productive activities, which emphasises the need for this type of study which provides an objective view, based on data, for public opinion, administrations and the media. It is about offering real and updated data on gambling as part of the habits of Spanish society."
"It must be said that the vast majority of those who play do so responsibly, they know that it has a cost, like entering a show."