Health experts have warned that a huge growth in online gambling could lead to a nation of hidden drug addicts and problem drinkers. The warning comes after new research has found that drinking and online betting are two activities which are commonly combined.
The information reveals that people who regularly drink large amounts of alcohol are more prone to engaging in moderate or problematic drinking. It also found that around one third of people with severe gambling problems are currently, or have previously been, alcohol dependent.
Furthermore, researchers of the study also said that because online gambling often takes places in the privacy of a person’s home, it’s making addiction and alcoholism much harder to identify. When the majority of gamblers went to casinos and bingo halls however, it was much easier to monitor normal gambling behaviour and alcohol consumption.
Mark Leyshon from Alcohol Concern Cymru commented:
“The majority of alcohol is now consumed in the home and similarly, the growth of online gambling means that much of this behaviour is more hidden that it used to be. The widespread availability of cheap alcohol and the growth of gambling websites has meant that it has never been easier to drink and gamble, day or night and the potential for running into problems has increased as a consequence.”
Following the results of the study, many are now concerned about that impact that this may have on young adults. Just like problem gambling, problem drinking often happens behind closed doors and this is only going to be fuelled by the huge growth in access to online gambling.
If you think that you or someone you know could have a gambling, drug or alcohol addiction, please feel free to contact Life Works in the strictest of confidence and we will be more than happy to help.