Like in so many other areas of modern life those between the ages of 18 and 25 are the real problem gamblers. When you can lose thousands of pounds sitting on your sofa in a matter of minutes something is seriously wrong. A cross party group of politicians formed to address the problem has been severely censured for failing to include transparency about free advice from a public affairs firm employed by gambling companies.
The bookies have been hailing the report as a victory for the gambling industry but the same report has been severely criticised by the Chief Executive of the Association of British bookmakers for a report “shoddy and shambolic”.
Any problem gambler knows the real culprits are Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in betting shops. The heavy advertising during football matches doesn’t help and so far the gambling industry has ignored the problem hoping it will go away. It won’t. It destroys marriages, loses homes, and ruins people’s lives. Make sure your MP knows how you feel about irresponsible gambling.