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Austrians go gambling crazy, country somehow survives

TAGs: Austria, Gambling Study

A new study reveals that per capita spending on gambling in Austria more than doubled between 2001-09, and that traditional lotteries have suffered as online betting and slot machines gained in popularity. Those crazy Austrians are even spending more per capita on gambling than on education.

Well, clearly Austria must be a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah amongst the Alps, a haven of sin and depravity that… What? The country ranked #14 (out of 180) on the United Nations’ Human Development Index in 2009? But all the anti-gambling zealots told me that gambling led to the wholesale destruction of the very fabric of society and babies would be impaled on the arms of slot machines and… Fuck me… Next thing you know, someone’s going to tell me there’s no Santa Claus, neither… Read more.

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