There is a reason that gambling used to be so restricted in this country, was virtually banned in the US, and is forbidden by Islam. It's a terrible historic problem and ruins families. Look at the adverts giving "free" start ups to new members,and the millions made by relatively new companies online, and how the sun,virgin etc have a stake in it. It is awful that successive governments have given in and exposed the public to this.
@Winebottle it is very much a problem, as others are perfetcly entitled to "dictate", if they are spending family money and getting into debt, whether that's by frittering money on the gee gees or chucking a load of money into slot machines in their lunch hour.
Actually now I have googled it, the figures are worse.
"More than 2 million people in the UK are either problem gamblers or at risk of addiction, according to the industry regulator, which warned that the government and industry were not doing enough to tackle the problem."
I'm surprised since the invention of the Internet and interactive TV, consols etc that it's not higher, because accessibility has increased. I anticipate that the industry will continue to grow in the future. Some people will become addicted. It's a money making industry.
Add in the mix mobile phones with access to betting apps, real time betting, bingo, lottery. I would like to see the male to female split of the betting. Because I believe males are supposed to be greater risk takers. I would anticipate that more females bet due to new technology than in the past
I am actually addicted to online gambling. It started when my disbility hit and I had to be in the house all of the time so spent a lot longer online. Not trying to blame it on that as such, but thats where it did start.
Most people do not know I have a gambling addiction. Bar DH (though even he doesn't know how bad it actually is) and my gambling councillor