New GamCare study covers problem gambling and Christmas

New GamCare study covers problem gambling and Christmas

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New GamCare study covers problem gambling and Christmas

GamCare’s latest study has revealed that problem gamblers are likely to feel anxious during the holiday season.

The charity’s latest survey was carried out on its behalf by YouGov, which focused on people who had problematic gambling behaviors ranked at 8 or higher on the UK’s PGSI scale. One of the study’s first findings mentioned by GamCare was that 50% of problem gamblers stated that they were more likely to feel anxious during the holiday season. Around 41% of the same group stated that the pastime could get in the way of them spending time with family and friends, while 42% of problem gamblers admitted to using previous Christmas presents for the pastime.

GamCare mentioned that several factors play into the holiday season being stressful for people experiencing problematic gambling behaviors, including earlier paydays, which one of the survey’s respondents stated increased their incentive to gamble. The main reason behind this is people’s desire for immediate financial gains, most commonly driven by the season’s strong association with gift-giving and receiving.

Lastly, the study mentioned that the pressure of having a happy and cheerful representation further added to the stress experienced by problem gamblers, which was also augmented by the increase in gambling opportunities throughout the season.

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