Bingo can lead to gambling addiction, experts claim

One in ten bingo players are at risk of developing a gambling addiction

Bingo players may be at risk of developing a gambling addiction

Friday, July 29, 2016

As many as one in 10 bingo players are at risk of developing a gambling addiction, recent research shows.

The study, commissioned by the Resonsible Gambling Trust, revealed that 2.5% of regular players had already developed a gambling problem, with only a third of those telling family and friends about it and just 7% seeking professional help.

"All forms of gambling carry some risk of addiction," Iain Corby, director of operations at the Gambling Association, told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "That's been rising steadily since gambling was effectively made more legal in 2007. 

"When we asked people if they [wanted] to cut down where they would go for help, most of them didn't really know there was professional help available. 

"We'd encourage people to ask themselves some questions: whether they're feeling more stressed, or maybe lying about their gambling."

Listen to the full interview to find out more, and for information on where to get help if you are facing challenges with gambling

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