New GambleAware Findings

A new research study that was conducted by leading charity GambleAware has discovered that the current cost-of-living crisis in the UK has led to a spike in gambling harm amongst women.

GambleAware research discovers spike in female problem gambling

The research was conducted after running a survey that entailed 1,600 women who had already gambled. It revealed that circa 24% of women aged between 18 and 49 are likely to gamble more in the upcoming months due to the high living standards triggered by the rising inflation and energy bills.

The company also found that 12% of those questioned had already turned to gambling in order to supplement their household income. It also found out that 21% of the women questioned said that they are experiencing various health concerns such as stress and anxiety due to gambling.

Furthermore, another third said they were reluctant to speak to a family member about their gambling habit concerns. 49% of these women also suggested they were experiencing shame as their main barrier.

Almost 63% of respondents found that women’s gambling is less acceptable than that of their male counterparts. One in five women said they were hiding their gambling habits. In response to these findings, GambleAware has launched a new prevention campaign targeting women, with the main aim to offer support to those who are struggling.

CEO of GambleAware, Zoe Osmond, said: “This new research raises serious concerns over the potential growth in the scale of gambling harm over the coming months. With such a stark warning sign, it is vital we help ensure more women are aware of the risks of gambling.

“As financial hardships accelerate amid the cost-of-living crisis, and the number of women gambling online increases, we are concerned it is creating a perfect storm, which may lead to a rise in the number of women experiencing gambling harm.”

Dr Lina Papadupoulous, a respected Canadian psychologist, added, “Gambling harms can impact anyone from any walk of life. It can cause a strain on relationships, affect work, and, if not addressed, could lead to a significant emotional, physical and financial burden.

“We cannot underestimate the role that stigma plays in preventing women from seeking support for issues related to gambling. It can sometimes be difficult to start those early conversations, but suffering in silence only increases feelings of isolation. Help is often just a conversation away so if you are worried about yourself or a loved one, speak up and reach out.”

Playing casino games can be a very fun and lucrative hobby, like many others, but when the fun stops, you have to stop too. Have fun responsibly.