Research shows gambling increase among UK women
According the researches done by GambleAware many women in the UK might face gambling harms.
GambleAware’s recent research shows that 1/4 women from the age of 18 to 49 are going to increase their gambling activities as the costs of living in the United Kingdom rises.
This research was done during a campaign which was against the stigma many women see while looking for help. The survey took place during August, which was done among more than 1600 women.
The results showed that 24% of women are going to start gambling more often because of the costs of living. 38% spent more money than they were going to and the other 21% tried to get back the money they lost because of gambling.
“This new research worries us as during the next few months the amount gambling harm might grow. It is essential for us to make sure that women are aware of the harm. As the costs of living in the country grow and more women start to gamble online, we are worried that it is going to create a storm and the number of women will be at risk.”
commented Zoë Osmond, GambleAware’s CEO.
Moreover, those women also assessed PGSI. 44% of those who had more than eight PGSI stated that last year they played more. 49% said they were trying to win money to take care of living costs and 32% were trying to win money to fix financial problems. Furthermore, 21% of all of those women said gambling caused health issues and depression.
According to Dr Linda Papadopoulus, who is the spokesperson of GambleAware, stigmas can stop women from getting help and support.
“Harms done by gambling are able to change anyone’s social life from work to personal relationships and it can cause both emotional and physical problems. Because of certain stigmas women might not be able to get the help they need.”
explained Dr Linda.