GamCare responds to new statistics from the Gambling Commission released yesterday.
Anna Hemmings, Chief Executive, at GamCare, said:
“Yesterday, the Gambling Commission has released figures on gambling participation and problem gambling prevalence data for the year to June 2021.
The pandemic has significantly impacted gambling behaviour and it is yet unclear whether this will have a short- or long-term impact. Online gambling is a growing issue for callers to the National Gambling Helpline and we want people to know we are here for them and can help. The majority of people contacting us are gambling online and our helpline and treatment data shows this to be an area of concern for us and people that use our services.
We know that people recovering from gambling harms can find it difficult to enjoy live sport. Today’s figures do not cover the most recent Euro’s tournament, so we will continue to monitor for a potential rise in callers over the next few months, with many upcoming sports events over the summer and the reopening of betting shops and casinos, coupled with the difficulties people have experienced in the pandemic.
We urge anyone who is struggling with gambling to contact us, whether it’s their own or someone else’s gambling. We understand, please get in touch.”