Addiction Study to Examine Problem Gambling in the UK
A major study is to take place to look into the impact of online gambling on gambling addiction problems in the UK. Betting groups are already helping to fund research into the dangers of gambling machines, and now the studies will expand to include online gambling.
The Responsible Gambling Trust has said that the study will generate more evidence to help inform the debate about the social impact of gambling.
The RGT Chief Executive, Marc Etches, said, “It is important to have an honest and independent debate about gambling.”
The research is expected to be completed next year; however the RGT is already planning to raise funding to start additional research in April.
Betting groups will be worried about the outcome of additional research and Patrick Kennedy the Chief Executive of Paddy Power has already warned the government not to over-regulate “the taxpaying, law-abiding operator” while offshore operators escape without paying tax.
Kennedy went on to say that “Any regulation or taxation needs to be thought through. There are the reputable operators with high standards of customer care, and there are online-only bookmakers in the Caribbean who just aren’t policed.”
A study in 2010 found that the proportion of the population with a propensity to problem gambling had risen from 0.6% in 2007 to 0.9%.