The findings of the latest NHS survey has taken the UK gambling media by storm. The survey reveals that over half of the adults in the UK gamble.
The National Health Service (NHS) has also said that the indiscriminate marketing policies of the online gambling companies have been fuelling gambling appetite and therefore the government should take quick and adequate measures.
Over 10,000 adults and children participated in the latest NHS survey. It was found that 29% of men in the age group from 25 to 34 had participated in online gambling at least once in the past 12 months.
On the whole, it was found that 53 percent of UK adults had participated in some form of gambling in the past 12 months.
Simon Stevens, CEO of the NHS said that it is concerning and the findings simply show the magnitude of increasing gambling appetite in the British population which definitely has its adverse consequences.
Restricting Online Gambling
While there have been several measures introduced by the UK gambling commission to restrict access to gambling for minors and particularly online gambling, the most radical one has been proposed by a group of British parliamentarians recently.
The UK’s Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) recently called for extending the maximum stake limit to online casinos and betting sites as well. Earlier in the year, the UK reduced the maximum stake limit on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from GBP100 TO GBP 2 citing increased gambling addiction.
All Political Parties Address Gambling In Their Election Manifesto
Gambling regulations is the talk of the town before the British people cast their votes in the General Election on 12 December. All political parties have addressed “gambling” in their election manifestos.
While the Labour party has promised a complete overhaul of the Gmabling Act 2005 (adopted by the previous Labour government), the liberal democrats have said that they would ban gambling with credit cards to tackle problem gambling.
The incumbent government has said that they would definitely review the provisions of the existing gambling act if voted to power.
Gambling addiction has been on the rise in the UK despite conflicting reports emerging every now and then. A report by the UK Gambling Commission said that gambling addiction amongst children in the UK has risen by 400 percent in the past two years.