Expansion of Online Gambling Putting More Punters at Risk In UK
The gambling market in the UK is bracing itself for a crackdown amongst increasing pressure on the government to address problem gambling. New data compile by the UK gambling Commission will add more fuel to the fire as it shows more than 2 million UK citizen are classed as problem gamblers. The data also shows the scope of gambling as a whole with 63% of British adults reportedly gambling in the past year. Of those 1.4% of gamblers were classes as problem gamblers.
Online gambling activities were prone to create risky gambling habits. The online gambling casino, bingo and slot machines attracted 34.9% of problematic gamblers which was followed by betting machines at 31.7%. Softer types of gambling like scratch cards and lotteries were the least risk with only 6% on people playing the National lottery being classified as at-risk gamblers. This was followed by 10.6% for scratch cards. In terms of variety of gambling activities, the research found that the more types gambling that punters participate in the higher the chances of individual becoming addicted.
People participating in seven or more types of gambling, 26.1% were problem or risk gamblers. Unfortunately people who were unemployed are more likely to be at risk with a 10.1% rate of problem and at risk gamblers. Of those employed only 4.6% were found to be having a problem with gambling.
The elderly or retired sector of the population were the least prone to become problematic gamblers with only 1% found to be at risk for becoming problematic gamblers.
Executive director for the Gambling Commission Tim Miller explained the importance of the study,” We have a clear commitment to make gambling fairer and safer and these figures show that this is a significant challenge. Success will depend upon us, the industry, government and others, all working together with a shared purpose to protect consumers.”