Further statistics released today by Gamcare demonstrate the growth in gambling addiction particularly amongst young people. The ability to bet from mobile devices and smart phones has made gambling accessible from anyplace and at any time. The survey estimates that there are approximately 500,000 problem gamblers in the UK although most experts suggest that this is a conservative figure. The levels of advertising over the last year for ‘on the go gambling’ have never been seen before. The adverts encourage regular gambling with very little reference to the risks or dangers attached. These ads, along with the soft government approach, have enabled gambling to become normalised and a part of everyday life for young people. For the first time, there are now more betting shops than banks. The popularity of the fixed odds machines have been behind this rise and are widely described as the ‘crack-cocaine of gambling.’ The on-line industry which last year concentrated on growing the poker industry has this year been encouraging more football gambling and on-line bingo play.
The lack of regulation, the power of the advertising and the accessibility are just 3 of the factors causing this dangerous rise in problem gamblers. The consequences for these people can be grave. Consequences that are often seen at The Providence Projects include broken marriages, lost jobs, criminal convictions, homelessness and a feeling of despair. Many gamblers, on arrival in treatment, feel suicidal and are unable to see any light at the end of the tunnel due to the depth of the financial situation; however they can recover.
If you or a loved one are having a problem with gambling or are considering going to rehab for a gambling addiction, please call The Providence Projects today on 0800 9550945 and speak to an addictions expert. Our success rates in treating gambling addiction are second to none.