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Gambling addiction could be nine times higher than industry claims

Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction could be nine times higher than industry claims

The Annual GB Treatment and Support Survey 2021 on behalf of GambleAware has suggested that gambling addiction rates may be nine times higher than the betting industry claims. The study found that in the UK 1.4 million people are being harmed by their own gambling and a further 1.5 million are at risk of being harmed .

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In 2021, 16% of gamblers with a Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) score of 1 or more  said they wanted some form of treatment, advice or support. This rises to 57% for problem gamblers (PGSI score of 8+). This is comparable with 2020 findings (59%).

The report also says “There is a known link between gambling and other behaviours causing harm, highlighted in many academic studies.16 Gamblers with a PGSI score of 1+ surveyed were more likely to drink at higher risk levels and smoke tobacco than British adults overall, with problem gamblers (PGSI score of 8+) much more likely to report drinking and smoking tobacco. They were also more likely to be experiencing higher levels of distress (based on K-10) scores and have co-existing conditions, such as a mental health condition or COPD. This suggests the need for a holistic approach to support for gambling.”

“Many gamblers reported having used various forms of treatment, advice and support before, suggesting the role of long-term support in gambling treatment. Given that gambling is a long-term and highly personal issue, gamblers often access a wide variety of treatment and support services before finding what works for them (which can be one or a combination of different things). This emphasises the necessity for a holistic approach as opposed to ‘one-size-fits-all’. Respondents felt that face-to-face support is most effective as people are able to build trust and have an honest and open relationship with the support service, whereas remote support is felt to be more convenient and confidential.”

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Also see The Guardian article By Rob Davies Wed 23 Mar 2022)

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