For 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.
The value of online gambling in the UK is £2billion and the worldwide value is an incredible $29.3 billion. Contrary to popular belief, gabling isn’t just a male pastime either. 68% of men in the UK have gambled in the last year. Women are not far behind with 61% gambling each year.
Up to 2% of the British population are estimated to have some form of a gambling problem, 900,000 are considered to be at ‘moderate risk’ of developing an addiction and 2.7million are thought to be at ‘some risk’.
The effects of a gambling addiction can be enormous and will often affect a sufferer’s personal and professional life. The average amount of debt clocked up by problem gamblers is £25,000 so it comes as no surprise that one in five suicide patients have a gambling problem.
Figures show that 50% of problem gamblers will commit a crime and unbelievably, 73% of those who are in prison have a recognised gambling problem. Statistically speaking, you are most at risk of developing a problem with gambling if you are male, earn below average income, you have low self-esteem and you start gambling early in life.
If you think that you or someone you know could have a problem with gambling, please feel free to visit our Gambling Addiction Treatment Programme page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments available. You can also contact us today for help.