Over 2 million people in the UK are either classed as ‘problem gamblers’ or at risk of gambling addiction. Yet the myths about problem gambling continue, with many not believing that gambling can form an addiction. Our specialists at our gambling rehab in Bournemouth explain why problem gambling is considered normal in the UK.
Gambling is seen everywhere
Gambling advertising is seen all the time. A recent report found that gambling adverts were featured at least once in 95% of TV breaks during UK football matches. Online gaming and casinos are often featured as sports sponsorships. Gambling advertising laws were relaxed in 2007, and online and high-street betting firms are now allowed to advertise on TV. But this every-day exposure may influence gambling addiction, particularly in younger viewers. According to the UK Gambling Commission, more young people are becoming problem gamblers without knowledge of where they can find gambling addiction treatment.
Gambling and technology
It is now easier to gamble than ever before. Gambling channels have passed the traditional betting shops and slot machines to now include online gambling sites and apps. Gamblers can now play roulette, bingo, buy lottery tickets or place a bet on their smartphone. As 24-hour remote gambling become more popular, it is predicted that a rise in problem gambling is likely to increase. It has recently been reported than gambling companies are now using AI technologies to target their advertising to users who have regular gambling behaviours.
Gambling addiction is not being addressed
There is a social cost to gambling. It costs the UK £1.2 billion annually in housing, social welfare, and treatment and criminal justice. However, there is still a lack of information from the government regarding the scale of problem gambling and the available treatment options available, such as gambling therapy. There is only one NHS gambling rehab clinic, specially trained to provide gambling addiction treatment. It is clear there is a higher demand for gambling addiction treatment that is not being met by governmental services.
If you are experiencing gambling addiction and would like to learn more about our private rehab, please contact our counsellors today on 0800 955 0945. We can provide information about our rehab prices and how we can help your journey to recovery.