Addaction responds to childhood gambling statistics


The number of children and young people at risk of problem gambling is at 70,000 according to an audit released today by the Gambling Commission. More than 450,000 children (one in seven) aged 11 to 16 bet regularly.

Mike Dixon, CEO of public health charity Addaction said:

“This is another big wake up call. We need to act now before a new generation gets into serious trouble with gambling.

“Right now it’s too hard for young people to get help. We need a proper levy on gambling industry profits to pay for targeted support for young people and better education.

“Some simple changes would also make a big difference. Gambling companies shouldn’t take credit card payments or target young people with in-play gambling and irresponsible advertising. And we all need to get better at talking about how gambling can take over people’s lives.”

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