Its been estimated that 25,000 UK children are classed as ‘problem gamblers’. According to the UK Gambling Commission, one in six 11-15 year olds have gambled in the past week. Our UK private rehab, The Providence Projects, explores the surge in children gambling and how it can be resolved in future:
Why Are Children Gambling?
Gambling for children is starting at a young age. Most children are 12 years old the first time they gamble. The most common ways for pupils to gamble for money include fruit machines (24%), National Lottery scratch cards (21%) and placing a private bet for money (11%). The issue of gambling is rarely mentioned in the school curriculum and young people are not being included in discussion about addiction and where to find gambling addiction treatment.
Online gambling is also popular among 11-15-year olds. 11% have played gambling social games via app on smartphones or tablets. 7% of secondary school students admit to gambling online with their parents account, with or without permission.
Parents with Gambling Addictions
This project has also helped students open up about their experiences living with parents who have gambling addiction. Over a quarter of the students who lived with gamblers admitted their parents or guardians’ gambling habits have made them feel bad at some point. If you are concerned about a loved ones and want information about addiction treatment, including alcohol and drug addiction treatment, contact our private rehab to learn more or view our list of questions to help answer do I have a gambling problem?
What Being Done to Help the Problem?
The lack of discussion is thought to be causing a normalisation of gambling in UK society. Luckily, ThinkTank, Demos is offering its support to teach children about the realities of gambling addiction and how to seek help.
So far, the results have been positive. Since the launch of their pilot education programme, Demos have seen a decline in secondary school students playing cards for money. The open discussions have also helped pupils articulate how to help those with gambling addiction, such as seeking treatment at a gambling rehab.
If you are worried about your own or a loved one’s addiction, contact our gambling rehab, The Providence Projects. Speak to our experienced addiction counsellors on 0800 955 0945 and find out how we can help and support you.