A survey conducted by Germany’s Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) and the country's Lottery and Toto Association (DLTB) has revealed a rise in pathological gambling behavior since the introduction of the country’s State Treaty on Gambling (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag).

 While the findings of the survey have been used to call for stricter enforcement of the Treaty, they suggest that the legislation has actually exacerbated the problem of pathological gambling in its current form.

The research conducted in 2013 found that there had been “a significant statistical increase” in the number of players with irresponsible attitudes to gambling over the past year.

The research noted however that warnings in the media about the dangers of excessive gambling had increased over the year, leading to a significant increase in public awareness, with nearly a quarter of Germany’s population now aware of the existence of gambling advice centres.

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