The UK Gambling Commission has welcomed the study published by the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) which aimed at finding out how university students are using video games and gambling as an attempt to relieve financial and academic pressures.
Helen Rhodes, Programme Director at the Gambling Commission said: “There are a variety of actions and educational initiatives which are connected with the research and it is important these are undertaken in a planned, joined-up way.
The National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, launched earlier this year, will be the most effective way to ensure this vital coordination and partnership work takes place and drives faster progress to reduce gambling harms. We look forward to working with colleagues at YGAM in the months ahead.”
The comprehensive report which saw the participation of over 2000 students in higher education finds that about 48 percent of those who game every day accept that it has impacted their friendships and studies. Moreover, it reveals that the more frequently students game, the greater is the impact.
The report reveals that 264,000 students in the UK are at some risk from gambling with around 88,000 defined as problem gamblers.
59 percent of students who gamble say they are always worrying about their financial situation while 16 percent have gambled more than they could afford.
Commenting on the report findings Lee Willows, YGAM CEO said: “There has been growing concern around the impact of gaming and gambling for young people and the purpose of this survey was to better understand a less well-researched community, students in higher education. Students at university are often away from home, managing their finances and their lives independently for the first time.
The research shows that we need to continue to expand our university partnerships and work together to raise awareness around financial advice, well-being, support services as well as the potential risks of gambling and gaming.”