Harmful Gambling and Gaming
Gambling is defined as ‘to stake or risk money, or anything of value, on the outcomes or something involving chance’. Under normal circumstances gambling can be a fun and safe leisure activity, however it becomes a problem when a person develops an urge to gamble continuously despite negative consequences. Estimates from the gambling Commission and Gamble Aware indicate that at any one time there are between 500,000 and 1.4 million problem gamblers in the UK. This is further complicated by the fact that gambling-related harms is rarely found in isolation. Those experiencing gambling-related harms often also present with others problems, such as alcohol or drug addiction.
Impacts of Gambling-Related Harm
The impact of gambling-related harm is wide reaching and affects not only the person but also their family. Some of the effects include: debt, poverty, issues with employment and accommodation, isolation, substance misuse, mental ill health, and risk of suicide.