New gambling studies bring new problems to the spotlight

Gambling companies forced to financially support gambling addiction treatment

According to academics, the “vastly underestimated” negative effect and harm that gambling causes to society is often overlooked by media and thus the effects are much greater. As per specialists opinion, gambling is rapidly becoming one of the bigger problems of the 21st century, mainly because the causality has not been considered something as important as other problems that affect the psyche.

As the specialists opinion, a major overhaul is needed in the UK laws system for the government to do a better job of protecting its citizens of the temptations of online and offline gambling, Granted, many services and settings have been put in place in the last few years in order to accomplish that, but it seems the problem is not quite resolved yet, at least not in the fullest.

Just starting to be recognized as a health issue, in all of its characteristics and implications, gambling addiction is amongst the primary risk factors and causes of depression.

Britain has a long history of ignoring the threats in its eyes when it comes to gambling and online betting, in special. Less than 1.5m pounds have been used last year for the prevention of online gambling, which amongst countries in the EU ranks dead last when you take into account the index and calculate the cost vs the total population. According to the report, New Zealand, a country that has less than 8% of the population of England, had 3x times the budget.

Specialists from the UK and Australia are calling for a complete rehaul of the Gambling Act that was set out in 2005 and, more importantly, the moving of responsibility for gambling from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport over to the Department of Health and Social Care. The decision, at least in principle, Is set to amplify the way the problem is treated, with a hoped increase in responsibility and media coverage being long overdue.

According to the paper, there are now more than 33 million active online gambling accounts across all of the platform s in Britain, with the prevalence of online having increased from less than 1 percent in 1999 to 9 percent in 2016.

What is even more worrisome is the percentage of underage teenagers that bet illegally, under false identification and account information.

According to authorities, gambling is now considered to be associated with wide-ranging harms that extend into society and pass the family and community borders.

Assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medical, Dr. Heather Wardle, who is also the paper’s leading author, publicly declared: “Gambling harms have been vastly underestimated. It is placing major burdens on resources, relationships, and health.”

Professor Gerda Reith, the University of Glasgow’s professor of social sciences and an author on the paper, said: “As a society, we need to face up to the broad environment that gambling harm is produced in, the role of the industry, as well as the policy climate that they operate in.

“Gambling doesn’t just affect an individual. The impacts ripple out beyond them to their family, friends, communities, and society.

“Not only does this have major implications for our health services but it is also a social justice issue.

A spokesperson from the government said: “While millions of people enjoy gambling responsibly, protecting people from the risks of gambling-related harm is absolutely vital.

“Operators must adhere to strict rules protecting children and vulnerable people, and the Gambling Commission has strong powers to ensure they comply.

New gambling research results are in, and the findings are not good

A groundbreaking gambling study has been done and releases on the 12th of September by the University of Massachusetts Amherst team in charge of social research that shows that out-of-state casino gambling has decreased significantly after the opening of the Plainville Park Casino, back in 2015.

“That suggests that the slot parlor was successful at recapturing people who had been gambling in casinos out of state,” says UMass Amherst epidemiologist Rachel Volberg, lead investigator of the Massachusetts Gambling Impact Cohort (MAGIC) study.

The study aims to uncover and understand populations at higher risk of experiencing problem gambling and gambling harm, and to support the development of effective and efficient treatment and prevention programs in Massachusetts. Conducted by SIGMA ( Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts), the research team at UMass Amherst’s School of Public Health and Sciences, the first major cohort study of the gambling activities in the US is named MAGIC.

The new report, prepared by lead author Alissa Mazar and presented to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission at its meeting in Boston, covers “Wave 3,” a period from 2015 to 2016 before the state’s two large resort-casinos opened in August 2018 and June 2019.

“Although this report focuses on results from before the opening of MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor, we have already learned a great deal about how gambling problems among Massachusetts adults develop, progress and remit – information that will assist the Gaming Commission and the Department of Public Health in crafting the right mix of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services to effectively minimize and mitigate gambling harm in the Commonwealth,” Volberg says.