The Rise Of Problem Gambling In The UK

gambling addictionFor many of us, a spot of casual gambling has little or no side effects. For the 600,000 people in the UK with a gambling addiction however, the impact on their lives can be massive.

Online gambling has been a huge contributing factor towards the rise in the number of addictions because it’s so easy to access and hide. Below are some of the latest figures detailing just how much of an impact the problem can have on the lives of addicts.

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Smartphones Linked To Rise In Youth Gambling

gambling addictionWith the NBA playoffs currently taking place and people all over the world placing bets on their favourite team, attention has once again been placed on the dangers of gambling.

In fact, figures are showing that thanks to the number of betting sites which are easily accessible from smartphones, the number of young people becoming addicted to gambling is well and truly on the rise. Statistics show that more than 5,000 people between the ages of 18 and 35 contacted a helpline last year which accounted for 60% of the total calls received.

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Do Big Sporting Event Fuel Gambling Addiction

Gambling AddictionFor most of us, there’s no harm in placing a little bet on the football, Wimbledon, the Grand National or whichever other sport takes our fancy. In fact, one of the most popular forms of gambling nowadays is wagering on sports and football betting alone is already a billion pound industry.

The problem with this type of betting however is that is taps into the passion of sports fans which means that those who are vulnerable or are already suffering from a gambling addiction, are going to find the temptation almost impossible to resist.

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Young Gambling Addicts Do Not Know Where To Get Help

gambling addiction helpFigures taken from the NHS’s National Problem Gambling Clinic have revealed that despite getting themselves into thousands of pounds of debts, young people suffering with gambling addictions aren’t seeking help because they simply don’t know where to turn.

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Gambling Addiction Facts

Gambling addiction week infoIt is Gambling Addiction Awareness Week and we wanted to share some information about gambling addiction with our followers. Because gambling is such a secretive mental illness, most people do not know who is effected. With this in mind, we put together some statistics about gambling addiction to give our readers a picture of who gambling addiction affects. If you would like to know more about gambling addiction please visit our Gambling Addiction Knowledge Centre. To get treatment, please visit our treatment pages or contact us today. 

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The Facts About Gambling Addiction

Gambling AddictionIt is Gambling Addiction Awareness Week and we have put together a page with the facts about gambling addiction at a glance. Many people overlook gambling addiction because it does not get the same coverage as drug or alcohol addiction, but make no mistake, gambling addiction is a serious issue. It has the highest suicide rate or any addiction and it often leaves its victims ashamed and unable to afford treatment. If you are interested in learning more about gambling addiction, please take a look at our Gambling Knowledge Centre. To get treatment for gambling addiction, check out our treatment pages or contact us today. 

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Gambling Addiction Linked To Abnormal Brain Processes

Gambling AddictionNew research suggests that there could be a link between those who suffer from gambling addictions and how their brains process feelings of euphoria. It is thought that the ‘high’ created by addictive behaviour is less obvious in the brains of problem gamblers which is what could be making them more prone to addiction.

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Impulsive Boys Could Become Problem Gamblers

A new study published in the journal Addiction found that young boys who are overly impulsive in their developing years are more likely to become gambling addicts later in life. This means boys in first grade with increased impulsive behaviour are two times as likely to develop gambling problems when they hit adulthood.

The researchers tracked 310 boys in Baltimore Maryland. Each boy was observed and his tendency to make rush decisions, consider consequences, blurt out answers and interrupt was tracked. The researchers came back for yearly follow up evaluations with the boys when they were between 11 and 15. This showed that 41% of the boys who were overly impulsive in the beginning of the study became more impulsive or maintained their bad behaviour. When it came to gambling, 67% of the impulsive boys participated in some form of gambling while 20% showed signs of risky gambling behaviours and 9% became problem gamblers. "Our findings reveal that there is a considerable link between youth impulsivity in the younger years and gambling issues as older teens," said Silvia Martins, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Epidemiology at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, in a press release. "This has important implications and provides clear research support for targeting impulsivity to prevent youth problem gambling." This is a very troubling study as the number of problem gamblers in the UK is on the rise. Now nearly 1% of the UK has a gambling problem. The numbers are especially bad for young teens. 2% of 12-15 year olds are addicted to gambling. Part of the problem may be the increase in gambling venues. There are more fixed odds betting terminals popping up all over the UK and people can lose up to £100 every 20 seconds. More betting shops are springing up as well and they are especially prominent in low income areas. Most importantly, internet gambling allows people to feed their addiction from the comfort of their own home or on their mobile phone. This makes gambling more accessible and has allowed younger and younger generations to take part. This makes it very important for parents to keep track of what their children are doing online and talk with them about gambling. The more educated someone is on the dangers of gambling, the less likely they are to become an addict.

The True Cost of Gambling Addictions

gambling addictionGambling advertisements are everywhere and with the rise of online gambling it is easier than ever to place a bet. Internet gambling has led to a massive increase in the amount of women who struggle with a gambling problem. Yet it appears that men and women gamble for very different reasons.Unfortunately, women who are addicted to gambling are rarely understood. Female gamblers are now more common than ever, yet online gambling websites are still advertised on television every day. One victim of online gambling sites was Caroline Shopland-Saich, a marketing executive who's been hitting the headlines this week. Caroline became addicted to online gambling two years ago, and recently used her company credit card to pay off £22,620 to Foxy Bingo. The credit card was given to Caroline by her employer Applegate Media, so she could buy vouchers as a reward for her most successful sales reps. 

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Could Naltrexone Treat Gambling Addiction?

Gambling addiction can be as destructive as any of the more well recognized addictions that people struggle with. Betting shops on every high street can make life difficult for those in recovery. New evidence indicates that a drug could help in controlling the impulse to place a bet.New guidelines have been released from the Monash University in Australia which suggest that gambling addiction should now be treated as a medical condition. It is thought that about 2% of the population have an addiction to gambling and that the new guidelines may offer more help whilst making drugs such as naltrexone available to those suffering.  Naltrexone is more commonly known for its use in helping drug addicts recover from substance abuse.

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Gambling … a bit of fun … or something much more serious?

Most people who gamble are able to set aside a set amount of money and just enjoy the experience, win or lose. For those with an addiction to gambling the consequences are far more severe. How do you recognise when a person has begun to slip into an addictive pattern?Many millions of us like the ‘odd flutter’ on the Grand National.  That can mean drawing a name from a hat in the office sweepstake, joining a syndicate at the pub, or looking around to see if anyone’s watching as we nip into the bookies to place a bet on that ‘dead-cert’.  It’s ‘a bit of fun’ - it’s not a gambling addiction!  We see a placard that reads ‘Lottery jackpot £130 million this week – could it be yours?’ and we feel ‘Go on then - it has to be worth buying a ticket ’.   Buying one ticket doesn’t make us a gambling addict – we’re responding to a media promotion, an advertisement, not to an inner compulsion to gamble.  In other words if we hadn’t seen or heard about it we wouldn’t have even thought to do it.  So where are you when it comes to gambling?   Are you like most people, persuaded by adverts – or being really honest with yourself, do you feel that something about the way you gamble may mean that you have gambling addiction symptoms?

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Friends and Family of Gambling Addicts

support for relatives of gambling addictsContinuing on from our latest blog on the issue of problem gambling and gambling addiction, let us turn our attention to those who involuntarily suffer the consequences of this serious addiction; the family members. While all addictions come to affect the emotional wellbeing of family members, perhaps this is particularly so where gambling addiction is concerned. The secrecy that has enabled the behaviours to continue past the point of rectifiable financial damage leaves not just the gambling addict, but the entire family in a vulnerable position. Conflicting feelings may arise, as resentment builds towards your loved one, for having stolen, deceived, and manipulated, and while part of you may want shame the gambler, when a gambler is feeling hopeless the risk of suicide is high. This is why it is important to explore how you, as a family member, can make positive choices for yourself, and balance encouraging your loved one to get help, without losing yourself in the process?

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'What recession?' - Gambling addiction on the rise

Gambling treatmentAccording to Dr Fiona Weldon of Dublin’s Rutland Centre, the number people seeking treatment for gambling addiction is increasing. It may seem counter intuitive that gambling addiction is becoming more prevalent at a time when people generally have less disposable income. However, recessions are known to have an impact on all types of addictions, and as one of the maintaining factors for any addiction is stress and boredom, it is perhaps no surprise that increased unemployment and financial struggle carry a significant potential for the development of a gambling addiction.

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