Problem Gambling

Gambling-style apps offered on Facebook without age checks

Posted on December 27, 2017 by admin

The company behind thousands of the UK’s fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) is offering gambling-style apps on Facebook without age checks, prompting allegations that children are being exposed to the risk of addiction.

Earlier this month, the industry watchdog warned that more than 60,000 children were either gambling addicts or were in danger of becoming hooked. Experts have warned that games mimicking real-life gambling are the “number one risk factor” for developing a problem later in life.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

The Guardian view on teenage gambling: staking on dopamine

Posted on December 17, 2017 by admin

The worlds of late childhood and early adolescence are absorbing, often overwhelming, and at best partially accessible to the adults orbiting them. So it is shocking, but not perhaps surprising, to discover that around 25,000 11-to-16-year-olds are problem gamblers according to new research. Another 36,000 are at risk of developing a problem.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Half a million children and young people are online gambling every week, according to new survey

Posted on December 13, 2017 by admin

Over 300,000 children and young people are gambling every week through online games, a new survey has revealed.

Technology is providing children with the opportunity to experience gambling through free-to-play casino games, social media or within some computer games.

Read the full story in the Evening Standard.

Blanket advertising is turning our children into gambling addicts

Posted on December 12, 2017 by admin

Hearing from the Gambling Commission that 61,000 11-to-16 year olds in Britain have a gambling addiction, or are at risk of developing one, should shock us – but it shouldn’t surprise us. Britain is the only country in the world that lets children gamble on low-stake machines at seaside amusement arcades.

Read the full story on i News.

Skin betting: ‘Children as young as 11 introduced to gambling’

Posted on December 12, 2017 by admin

Thousands of children and young people are losing money on websites which allow them to trade virtual items, gambling experts have warned.

The Gambling Commission’s annual report has, for the first time, looked at the problem of so-called “skin betting”.

Read the full story on BBC News.

25,000 children in Britain are problem gamblers, report finds

Posted on December 12, 2017 by admin

About 25,000 children between 11 and 16 are problem gamblers, with many learning to bet via computer games and social media, according to a report that has prompted warnings that the UK is “sleepwalking into a future public health storm”.

In its annual survey of youth gambling, the industry regulator the Gambling Commission voiced fears that children were gambling in a “consequence-free environment”, including through so-called “skins” betting on video games.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Problem gamblers – no one knows how many exist or cost to the state

Posted on December 5, 2017 by admin

The government has no idea how many problem gamblers are being treated by the NHS or how much their addiction is costing, prompting concern from leading charities that people in need of help are slipping through the net.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

More gamblers ‘self-excluding’ as online betting grows

Posted on November 30, 2017 by admin

More gamblers are opting to “ban” themselves amid a rise in online betting, new figures have revealed.

Firms received almost 50,000 requests from customers asking to close their accounts last year – an increase of 7,000 on the previous.

Read the full story on BBC News.

Fixed-odds machines left me a broken man, says ex-gambling addict

Posted on November 1, 2017 by admin

A former addict of fixed-odds betting terminals has said the machines left him a “broken man”.

Read the full story in The Sunday Herald.

Gambling charity warns betting firms are failing to fund addiction treatment

Posted on October 31, 2017 by admin

Gambling firms are failing to honour a pledge to donate part of their income to fund addiction treatment and should be forced to do so by law, the UK’s leading problem gambling charity has said.

Read the full piece in The Guardian.