As the gambling market in Spain continues to grow, there has been an increase in gambling addiction and people facing compulsive gambling issues.
In its bid to address the growing menace of gambling addiction, the country’s gambling regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) has decided to change its approach – it has said that it will see problem gambling as a mental disorder.
Spain’s gambling watchdog has made an update to its 2019-20 Responsible Gaming Program in which it has been said that from now onwards problem gambling would be classified as a mental disorder.
The new measures that find a place in the gambling regulator’s Responsible Gaming Program, have been approved by the members of the Responsible Gaming Advisory Council (CAJR). The new measures will come into effect in the coming months.
The new program classifies gambling addiction as a mental health issue. Earlier in the year, the NHS in the UK also classified gambling addiction as a mental health issue. Following which the NHS has opened a gambling addiction treatment center in the country.
Spain’s gambling regulator will also bring out a list that would help in identification of a problem gambler.
The DGOJ says that once the number of people facing compulsive gambling issues is identified, it will be easier to tailor policies to address the growing menace of gambling addiction and also assess the social impact of gambling addiction.
The gambling regulator has also confirmed that it would commission a detailed study of the General Registry of Access to Game Interdictions (RGIAJ), Spain’s self-exclusion scheme.
Explaining its move, the DGOJ said that “Although the evaluation of the operation and results of the RGIAJ is highly satisfactory it is necessary to reflect on those aspects that require adaptations and improvements.”
The gambling watchdog has also said that they would create an alert system that would flag fake IDs when a gambler signs up with an operator.
“This complements the rest of the work that the DGOJ is doing to reinforce the guarantees of the identity verification process prior to the activation of user registration,” the DGOJ said.