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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The Most Common Addictions Part Two

world addiction informationFollowing on from part one of our piece on the world’s most common addictions, here are some other lesser known dependencies that people all around the world are facing on a daily basis.

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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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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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