Thai universities concerned about student gambling, call for crackdown

Thai universities are increasingly concerned about the growing trend of students addicted to gambling and borrowing money from state education loans to support their gaming habits. University academics are urging officials to tackle the issue, especially student access to online websites through smartphones, calling on cellphone operators to block gambling websites. Gambling is illegal in Thailand apart from through the state-run lottery and on horse racing through the Royal Bangkok Turf Club. However, betting remains highly popular, with the underground market estimated to dwarf that of legal channels. To gauge the extent of the problem, several universities have recently undertaken surveys of student gaming habits, including Bangkok-based Ramkhamhaeng University and Dhurakij Pundit University. The findings of widespread gambling practices among the nation’s youth is likely to make it even more difficult for those pushing for greater liberalization.  Dhurakij Pundit University Peace Centre lecturer Atichat Tancharoen, told local media online detection of gambling-addicted students...

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