The number of women seeking help for problem gambling has doubled in the last five years
GambleAware has published new research this year revealing that the number of women who are treated for gambling addiction has doubled in five years.
The Independent have published an article which explores this research and has spoken to a number of women who have struggled with a gambling addiction.
Bev’s problems with gambling began about 16 years ago. “I entered a competition on a popular television website and a gambling pop-up appeared and I thought, ‘I’ll have a go at that’,” she said. Prior to this, she had never gambled: “It just wasn’t something that interested me. It felt like throwing money away.”
After depositing £10, she quickly won £800. “I couldn’t believe the money was mine to keep,” she says. “I then started depositing more and more and that £800 was gone very quickly. After that, I was hooked.”
An early win was also “the hook” that kept 29-year-old Stacey from Derbyshire returning for more at the beginning of her gambling addiction. Her poison was slot machines and scratch cards. “It’s fast and completely mind-numbing staring at the wheels spinning,” she says.
GambleAware’s research also stated that women’s mental health is more adversely affected by ‘problem gambling’ than men’s mental health, with women who gamble reporting higher rates of guilt and worse mental health and are often unlikely to seek out help due to the burden of stigma producing feelings of embarrassment and not wanting people to know about their gambling.
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