Increased cases of teens suffering from gambling addiction issues have raised concerns in Korea. According to a recent report submitted to the National Assembly by the Korea Center on Gambling Problems (KCGP), the number of teenagers who received gambling addiction treatment in Korea has risen sharply in the last few years.
It has been reported that since 2015, there has been a 600 percent increase in teenagers receiving problem gambling treatment.
While in 2015, only 168 teenagers received gambling treatment, in 2018, the number went up to 1027.
The number of people in their 30s and receiving gambling addiction treatment was 4,563. Also, the teenagers were the age group, which showed the sharpest increase in cases of gambling addiction.
Moreover, the rate of teenagers actually quitting gambling after the treatment has been disappointing. While in 2016, 48 percent of teenagers stopped gambling after receiving treatment, only 30 percent did so in 2017.
However, what’s more concerning is that only 23 percent of Korean teenagers who received gambling de-addiction treatment stopped gambling. It was also the lowest from the other age groups.
It was also found that teenagers in Korea often resort to illegal online gambling. They rarely differentiate between legal and illegal gambling operations.