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Tax gambling firms to fund addiction treatment, says NHS director

Intervention comes amid review of laws governing betting sector and plans for new gambling clinics as addiction cases spike

Gambling firms have profited during the pandemic but are leaving the NHS to “pick up the pieces” of addiction and should be hit with a compulsory levy to fund treatment, the head of mental health in England has said.

Guardian 7 April 2021

 

 

 

Kids as young as 14 are being exposed to free bets to encourage them to gamble.

That’s according to new research, which found almost three quarters of Irish people know a gambling addict.

I lost thousands gambling … then tried to kill myself: One lost her home and husband. Another borrowed money for bets from her son. As the number of female problem gamblers in Britain tops 75,000, four victims share their desperate stories

Daily Mail  3 March 2021

 

‘I gambled our house away without telling my partner’

BBC 3 February 2021

 

Kids hooked on playing Fifa online spend thousands on ‘mystery packs’ of footballers

Scottish Sun 8 March 2021

 

‘We’ve reached a point of no return – it’s an epidemic’: Problem gambling fears raised as bookie revenues soar

In the wake of the pandemic, Dr O’Gara said it’ll be very important to tackle the “epidemic” of problem gambling that is affecting Irish society, particularly its young men.

“A lot of people are being harmed,” he said. “It’s a stigma and one of the worst stigmas out there. It’s such a shame. Because it’s a medical illness like any others. A huge amount of funding needs to go towards education, and towards awareness.

“When somebody falls foul of this, it’s not their fault. They need to understand that. We need to ensure they get the help they need.”

thejournal.ie 6 March 2021

Glasgow City Council launches crackdown on ‘ubiquitous’ gambling advertising

A summit will be held in the city to tackle the significant public heath concerns about gambling addiction – a ‘hidden epidemic’ which is more prevalent among adolescents in the UK than smoking, alcohol and drug use.

13 & 14 September 2021 via Microsoft Teams. Details and registration here.

Nine MPs accepted free Euro 2020 tickets from gambling companies

Hospitality for seven Tory and two Labour politicians comes as government reviews gambling law

Guardian 15 July 2021

‘I lost millions through cryptocurrency addiction’

According to experts, cryptocurrency trading addicts show the same kind of behavioural addictions as problem gamblers.

There are no figures for the number of people addicted to cryptocurrency trading but Tony Marini, the lead counsellor at the cryptocurrency addiction clinic at Castle Craig hospital in Peebles, said they are seeing more and more people in Scotland.

“This is the crack cocaine of gambling because it is so fast,” he said. “It’s 24/7. It’s on your phone, your laptop, it’s in your bedroom.”

BBC Scotland  28 May 2021

SNP MP Ronnie Cowan calls for a ban on gambling ads during Euros

Cowan, SNP member for Inverclyde, said: “The European Championships should be about the beautiful game but it will be impossible to watch without exposure to gambling ads. This type of advertising can have a devastating effect on young people and the vulnerable. We owe it to bereaved families who have lost loved ones to gambling-related suicide to provide better safeguards. We need to move to a place where gambling is tolerated, not promoted.

Sunday Post 30 May 2021

Paul Merson stresses importance of speaking up about depression and addiction

The former Arsenal and England attacking midfielder first spoke of his experiences with depression and gambling addiction last year, and is now encouraging others to open up.

News and Star 22 April 2021

 

Gambling support groups and charities are warning that lockdown may have caused more children to become “addicted” to so-called “loot packs” on video games.

Loot packs are mystery packs of players which gamers can buy with real money to try and improve their online team.

They feature on games like FIFA Ultimate Team, often promoted by influential celebrities or YouTube stars. Each transaction can cost anywhere between 79p to £79.99 and the Fifa points can then be used to buy what is, in effect, a lucky dip of players.

Sky News 2 April 2021

Gambling companies are increasingly offering tools to help would-be gamblers control their habit, but I wonder how many customers actually use them. Looking at the collective profits of the gambling industry – read that another way as the losses to the public – not many. The salary of Britain’s highest-paid woman, Bet365’s Denise Coates, is said to be more than the entire amount spent by the industry on dealing with gambling’s damage.

Finacial Times editorial  18 March 2021

Hidden epidemic of gambling addiction

by the President of The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland

Irish Times 17 February 2021

 

 ‘I was living a secret life’: the agonising rise of female gamblers

The number of women who report a gambling problem has been rising at double the rate of men. It is used as an escape from stress and pain – but the debt can be catastrophic

Guardian 23 January 2020

 

Gambling research: The ‘fun’ can stop with unemployment, ill-health and even death

High levels of gambling are associated with a 37% increase in mortality, according to a new study, which reveals that the top 1% of gamblers surveyed spent 58% of their income and one in ten are spending 8% on the habit. Published today [4 Feb] in Nature Human Behaviour, the study led by Dr Naomi Muggleton, of Oxford’s Department of Social Policy and Intervention, highlights the financial damage, negative lifestyles and health of gamblers, who can move from ‘social’ to high-level gambling in months.

Oxford University 4 February 2021

 

Royal Society for Public Health November 2020

 

 

‘I was going down a dark route’: Young people on fighting gambling addiction

 

‘You cannot win in the long term. Bookies will not allow that to happen’

The Tab

We must tackle the rise in addictions caused by the pandemic

The Forward Trust’s CEO Mike Trace comments on the charity’s new poll showing the rise in addictive behaviour during the pandemic, and the steps Forward is taking to address it.

– Drink and Drugs News 12 July 2021

Voluntary betting controls are a bad gamble

Voluntary gambling harm-reduction tools generally don’t work as people don’t use them, a new study finds. Though mandating that people set deposit limits – or opt-out of setting them – is a promising mechanism to curb problem gambling

University of  Sydney 7 July 2021

Gambling logos feature 700 times in football match, says C4 documentary

Ex-Scottish Tory chief says ‘radical rethink’ of industry’s ‘parasitic’ ties with the sport is needed

Guardian 5 June 2021

Lords’ report looks to open new fronts in the gambling reform debat

Peers for Gambling Reform aimed to send a message to the UK government that new controls on the industry would actually have a net positive benefit for society. But with the industry already dismissing its claims, how does its chair, Lord Foster of Bath, respond?

Houses of Parliament

iGaming Business 2 June 2021

Gambling adverts in football put children at risk – Paul Blomfield MP

THE 2005 Gambling Act – the legal and regulatory framework for the industry – is currently under review and it is in desperate need of an overhaul.

Yorkshire Post 24 May 2021

Online gambling grew six-fold among regular gamblers during lockdown

Regular gamblers were more than six times more likely to gamble online compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research.

The study, led by the University of Bristol and published today (17 May) in the Journal of Gambling Studies, showed regular male gamblers were particularly prone to gambling more often online during the public lockdown in the UK, compared to their previously reported gambling habits.

News Medical 17 May 2021

 

The 28-Year-Old Who Gambled Away £1 Million

28-year-old Stacey Goodwin from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, decided to share her eight-year history of gambling addiction and help other women on TikTok via her account @thegirlgambler. “I was hugely scared but the pandemic pushed me. Seeing all the gambling adverts, I thought it must be so hard. People are so trapped,” she tells Refinery29.
Stacey was introduced to the world of gambling at the age of 18 while working part-time in a betting shop to earn money for nights out. Despite seeing people losing every day, one day she decided to put a pound in a machine and “unfortunately” won £36. “It wasn’t a lot but it gave me a high and then it played on my mind more and more. That’s when it started.”
refinery29 9 May 2021

Sheffield gambling addict who stole from grandmother to cover huge debts speaks out

A recovering gambling addict who tried to kill himself after stealing from his grandmother to cover his spiralling debts has urged others to seek help.

The Star 27 April 2921

The 5% of accounts with the highest spending losses generated 86% of Gross Gambling Yield;

For 1.4% of accounts, an average betting day featured more than twenty separate bets;

0.45% of accounts involved spending losses that were more than £5,000 across the year.

EXPLORING ONLINE PATTERNS OF PLAY Interim report, NatCen, University of Liverpool 15 March 2021 Patterns of Play

 

When Stacey Goodwin started working at a betting shop, she vowed she would never start gambling herself.

But after putting a pound in a machine one day she quickly got “sucked in”, eventually losing hundreds of thousands of pounds through online gambling.

At her lowest point, the 28-year-old lost £50,000 in six days and attempted to take her own life.

BBC 11 April 2021

Number of gamblers trying to block themselves online surges

National self-exclusion scheme Gamstop recorded a 21% rise in new registrations in February’

Guardian 5 April 2021

 

Double or nothing? Assessing the economic impact of gambling

Our findings indicate that while at present the gambling industry makes a sizeable contribution to the UK economy, a reduction in gambling expenditure through reduced rates of problem gambling would nevertheless be a net positive for the economy – with jobs and tax revenues from elsewhere more than offsetting losses in the gambling industry.

Sociak Market Foundation 10 March 2021

 

 

 

People from poor UK areas more likely to be high-risk online gamblers – study

Campaigners renew call for affordability checks, which they say would not curb most gamblers’ freedoms

Guardian 12 March 2021

 

‘I’m very lucky’: Gambling addict who stole £1m on his new life out of prison

It is 10 years since Steve Girling sought help from his GP for stress, seven years since he started stealing to fund his gambling addiction and two years since he was jailed for a £1m theft.

But now out of prison, the Costessey father-of-two is looking to the future.

The 38-year old lost two stone while serving his time, took mentoring courses and helped teach other inmates maths. He has now set up a non-profit company with his wife, Rashael, to help recovering gambling addicts.

Eastern Daily Press 10 March 2021

The UK Is Tumbling Headfirst Into a Student Gambling Crisis

Sam Elliott was 17 when he first gambled an ill-fated bet on Gareth Bale to score. By the time he went to university the next year, he developed an addiction via sports betting apps where he spent hundreds of pounds each day on the outcome of random football and basketball games.

Vice 12 March 2021

 

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