Santa Casa devalues ​​study on scratch card addiction

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The Games Department of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa devalued the research of the University of Minho that points to an addictive potential of scratch cards and insists that there is no scientific data to support it.

In a statement released this Friday, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa (SCML) claims that the article in question, published in the magazine “The Lanet Psychiatry” “cannot be classified as a ‘study’, and the data cited are limited the reproduction of values ​​contained in the Santa Casa Annual Report & Accounts 2018 and in the 2019 annual report of the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego, not considering relevant information for a subject that must be treated with all seriousness and rigor, with the researchers themselves having admitted there are no scientific studies in Portugal to support any kind of conclusion “.

The Games Department ensures that sales of the instant lottery (scratch cards) have slowed down “in recent years, maintaining this relative weight in the product portfolio”.

The institution stresses that the “situation between Portugal and Spain is not comparable, since in this country there is no tradition of betting on this type of land based instant lottery game, unlike what happens in Italy, the European leader in the average amount spent per capita in scratch cards “.

In the monitoring it carries out, SCML assures, “the weight of the amount spent on household income has remained constant in recent years, not reaching 1%”. In addition, he explains, the institution offers an “adequate and responsible gambling offer”.

In a statement, the organization stresses that the authors of a study that defends the regulation of the instant lottery to curb addiction admit the lack of studies that prove the addition. In addition, he stresses, the scratch card is based on a “responsible gambling policy (…) based on healthy entertainment” and “a responsible gambling policy”.

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