A latest research from GambleAware has some dangerous information for regulated operators in regards to the present state of downside playing within the UK, however contained a ray of hope for playing addicts. The report discovered that, because of the pandemic, downside playing is on the rise however the variety of downside gamblers in search of therapy is up considerably, too.
The report, titled Remedy and Help, is predicated on a survey of 19,000 UK adults on their playing habits. Researchers discovered that roughly 2.four p.c of all UK adults would fall underneath the label of downside gambler. However the survey additionally discovered an enormous spike within the variety of these of us labelled as downside gamblers who have been prepared to hunt assist. Throughout their final survey, solely about 54 p.c of respondents have been open to the concept of in search of assist whereas 63 p.c fell into that class this 12 months.
The excellent news, relating to therapy anyhow, is that not solely are extra downside gamblers prepared to go to therapy, extra of them really are in search of therapy. In line with the report, there’s been a ten p.c spike within the variety of gamers in search of therapy for downside playing within the UK.
In a press release reported on by SBC Information, Zoë Osmond, CEO of GambleAware summed up the state of affairs saying, “It’s encouraging to see a year-on-year improve in these labeled as ‘downside gamblers’ in search of assist, particularly in the course of the pandemic.
“These outcomes will likely be used to assist inform GambleAware’s new commissioning technique as we proceed our work to extend provision of and entry to providers.”
The query now could be whether or not or not a spike in downside gamblers, whether or not they’re in search of therapy or not, will create new laws for playing operators.
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