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GambleAware: UK gambling addiction much worse than thought

By May 19, 2020National News

The first ever Treatment Needs and Gap Analysis report has found that one in two problem gamblers in Great Britain have not accessed any treatment or support, while 17% of those gamblers experiencing any level of harm report having used some type of treatment or support in the past 12 months.

The report highlights a number of barriers to accessing treatment and support, such as a lack of awareness of available services, social stigma (27% of problem gamblers were likely to experience stigma or shame), or reluctance to admit gambling problems, with nearly one in five (17%) problem gamblers saying that their gambling was not harmful.

The report also found that women, BAME communities and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, may not be having their treatment and support needs adequately met, and recommends the provision of more flexible options.

You can read the full press release here as an online pdf (opens in a new tab)

You can read the report here (opens in a new tab)

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