With 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.
Worryingly, staff at these helplines think that these statistics are just a snapshot of how bad the problem really is because many young people hide their issues with gambling or don’t even realise that it has become problematic.
Further highlighting the issue of smartphone and online gambling amongst the younger generation, the 18 to 35 year-old age group was the only one which witnessed an increase in the number of calls made compared to the previous year. There was a 6% rise and a worrying trend has showed that this was the third consecutive year that calls from this age group rose.
The last national survey revealed that there are 451,000 people suffering with gambling problems in Britain alone. Although there are already measures in place to try and protect online gamblers, the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has said that they are always looking for new ways to improve this.
If you think that you or someone you know could have a problem with online or offline gambling, please feel free to visit our Gambling Addiction Treatment Programme page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments that are available. You can also contact us today for help.