Gambling Addiction

Britain’s leading gambling charity at centre of conflict of interest claims

Posted on February 23, 2016 by admin

Britain’s leading gambling charity has been accused of a conflict of interest after the husband of a senior executive was awarded a lucrative research contract, The Independent can reveal.

The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT), which is funded by bookmakers to the tune of about £5m a year, is already facing claims it is too close to the gambling industry.

Read the full story in the Independent

Gambling addiction is on the rise and we need to tackle it

Posted on February 23, 2016 by admin

A gambling epidemic is sweeping the UK, according to an investigation by The Times newspaper. The NHS is now prescribing medicine to help those struggling with addictions to the so-called’crack cocaine’ of the gambling world.

Fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) let punters bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on games such as roulette and blackjack. Government figures show gamblers are spending nearly £1 billion a week on these gaming machines, which were introduced to betting shops in 2001.

Read the full story on netdoctor.co.uk

Betting addicts need our help, MPs urge

Posted on February 23, 2016 by admin

Ministers are under increasing pressure to take action over the rise in the number of gambling addicts.

A former Conservative minister has joined the leader of the Liberal Democrats and the shadow chancellor to call for a review into the maximum stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals, which let punters bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on games such as roulette and blackjack and which make £1.7 billion a year profit for bookmakers

Read the full story in The Times

‘Britain’s gambling epidemic must be addressed’

Posted on February 23, 2016 by admin

An in-depth investigation by The Times has revealed that gambling addiction in the UK is such a serious problem that the NHS has started prescribing drugs to the worst addicts.

It also found that there has been a marked increase in the use of controversial Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), and that they are being used by criminals to launder money.

Read the full story in The Christian Institute 

When the chips are down: what it’s like to gamble everything away

Posted on February 23, 2016 by admin

Britain has a gambling problem: figures show that nearly £1bn a week is being spent on fixed-odds betting terminals. Campaigners say the industry has been allowed to grow unchecked over the past five years, despite problem gambling being linked to violence and poor mental health.

Read the full story in the Guardian

Can drugs really help gambling addicts?

Posted on February 18, 2016 by admin

Campaign Consultant, Matt Zarb-Cousin shares his thoughts on Channel 5 News.

Watch again here

GPs are being forced to prescribe anti-addiction drugs to wean gamblers off betting

Posted on February 18, 2016 by admin

GPs are being forced to prescribe gamblers anti-addiction drugs in an attempt to tackle Britain’s betting epidemic.

The medication naltrexone is usually given to those with severe drug and alcohol problems, including heroin addicts.

But it was revealed today that the NHS is now giving the drugs to compulsive gamblers who are unable fight their ‘cravings’.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail

Gamblers spending nearly £1billion a week on ‘crack cocaine’ gaming machines

Posted on February 18, 2016 by admin

Campaigners call for action after Government figures show more than £50bn was staked on fixed odds betting terminals.

Gamblers are spending nearly £1billion a week on high-stakes gaming machines, government figures show.

More than £50billion was pumped into the “highly-addictive” fixed odd betting terminals in the last 18 months – despite a supposed government crack down.

Read the full story in The Mirror

Betting Burden

Posted on February 18, 2016 by admin

The rise of fixed-odds betting terminals is a scourge of impoverished neighbourhoods and vulnerable families. The government needs to tackle it.

In any decision about healthcare spending it is worth asking whether prevention would be cheaper and more effective than treatment. When NHS doctors are prescribing anti-addiction drugs to problem gamblers at a cost of £10,000 a patient a year, it is not just worthwhile but essential.

Read the full opinion piece in The Times

An addiction like any other

Posted on February 18, 2016 by admin

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, lead clinician at the National Problem Gambling Clinic, shares her thoughts on gambling addiction:

The National Problem Gambling Clinic started in 2008 as the first NHS clinic for the treatment of gambling addiction, and it is still the only one.

In its first years, I insisted on assessing every one of the thousands of patients who walked through the doors. From the endless flow of gamblers turning up to see me, I have learnt that it is indeed an addiction…

Read Henrietta’s full letter in The Times