One in three high school students in Serbia gambles and bets regularly. This is a result of a survey conducted by the Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut Public Health Institute.
During the second semester of the school year 2017/18, the Batut Institute conducted a survey on the behaviour of school-age children as part of an international survey in 101 primary/medium and high schools in Serbia, reports the Blic daily.
The results of the survey showed that 34.6% of first-year high school students gambled at least once and 27.5% have gambled the year before.
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Dr Ivica Mladenovic, head of the Clinic for Addiction Diseases at the Institute for Mental Health in Belgrade, told Blic that the results of the study were devastating.
“From a legal point of view, we have a law prohibiting gambling for children under the age of 18, which indicates that there has been a total failure on the part of law enforcement agencies and the state. I sincerely hope that the authorities will respond properly now,” said Mladenovic.
According to experts, the upward trend in teenagers who have been gambling in the last decade is due, among other things, to online gambling. The problem is that when you make an online ticket, the gaming websites find it very difficult to check whether the players are over 18 years old.
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