Gambling addiction has been on the rise in the regulated gambling markets in Europe including Germany. The country’s Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) has announced to launch an annual Gambling Addiction awareness day to create awareness about gambling-related harms.
The Aktionstag Glücksspielsucht 2019 has been announced to take place on Wednesday (25 September). 25 September would be observed as Gambling Addiction Awareness day in Germany in the following years.
The slogan for the event is “Don’t play until you’re addicted” (“Spiel nicht bis zur Glücksspielsucht”).
BZgA chief Dr Heidrun Thaiss said:“[It] is important to inform people and make them aware of the addictive native of gambling before they develop problems. This is why the BZgA is offering online and offline information and counselling services, in several languages, for gamblers and their relatives.”
An online portal will also be launched to provide information on risks associated with gambling and will also allow users a self-test to assess their gambling risk profile.
According to the Federal Ministry of Health subsidiary, there are around 500,000 people across Germany who have compulsive gambling issues. Over 120,000 of these are slot players.
“Frequent repeated gambling can be a sign of addiction risk,” Thaiss said. “Not everyone is aware of this, especially as there are different risks associated with each form of gambling.
“Products offering fast gameplay and short intervals between payouts tend to lead to players gambling more often and spending more money than intended.”