Great Britain: More women with problematic gaming behavior

In the UK, too, the type of gambler has been fairly clear in recent years: especially male. However, this picture seems to be shaking more and more. Interesting figures have recently been published that make it clear that more and more women would appear to have problematic gaming behavior. And: The number of women affected apparently increases faster than that of the men affected.

Rapid increase in players

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Rapid increase in players

Organizations want to do something

Credit card ban is supposed to better protect players

Gambling is considered a male problem in most people's minds. This impression may have solidified over decades, but at least in Great Britain it has been shaking quite recently. In the past few months, organizations have repeatedly indicated that the number of women addicted to gambling would increase. Corresponding investigations were carried out, for example, by Breakeven or the much better known GamCare. GamCare found that the number of women with pathological gambling behavior had increased by almost 1,000 women in the past four years. In 2014/2015 there were 2,303 women with pathological gambling behavior, but in 2019 3,109 women were identified. This in turn corresponds to a rapid increase of 35 percent.

Interestingly, men in particular were considered susceptible to pathological gaming behavior, but the increase here was much less. If the male players are used as a basis, an increase of only 15 percent can be seen in the same period, reports GamCare.

Organizations want to do something

In order to do something about the increasing number of problem gamers, GamCare, for example, has launched a new program. This is especially aimed at women who suffer from problematic gaming behavior. In the so-called “Women's Program”, they are first asked to take part in a survey. This should then provide further information. The program is very important for GamCare. This also illustrates the £ 1.9 million investment that will be made available for this project. Not only problem players from England should be reached, but also from Wales or Scotland. In this context, for example, special treatment offers are only available for women, and the players are more vulnerable than the men. The program should therefore also be a kind of network through which women can be reached and addressed more easily. So far, according to GamCare's experience, women have also used the offers of assistance far less frequently than men. This should also be improved by the new program.

Apart from GamCare, the British media are now also increasingly concerned with this important topic. For example, the journalists of the daily newspaper “The Guardian” report about a woman who is said to have gambled away the money for her father's funeral due to her gambling addiction. The lady explains that she lost a total of around £ 75,000 from gambling. In addition, she would have amassed gambling debts of £ 25,000. According to those affected, women are just as affected by gambling addiction as men. Experts see it similarly, but they also follow a slightly different theory. Both sexes are susceptible to gambling addiction, but for different reasons. Men would primarily play games to make a big profit. According to scientists, women would rather be concerned with escaping everyday life, having fun and reducing stress. That is why, according to the conclusion of some scientists, alternative treatment and counseling services are required for women.

Credit card ban is supposed to better protect players

Regardless of gender, players in the British gaming industry are also to be additionally protected by a new credit card ban from April. From then on, it will no longer be possible to deposit funds with a credit card at a gaming provider. This legal reform is said to affect not only the digital gaming industry, but also the stationary industry. The basis for this reform is a revision of the Gambling Act. This dates from 2005 and relates almost exclusively to the inpatient area. The laws are gradually being revised – including the law for processing payments with credit cards. In the past, organizations for this sch

rode used. It would be much easier for players to get into the debt trap if they could process their payments with their credit cards, it was said at the time. The gambling authority appears to have followed this argument.

Interestingly, this decision could once again serve as a model for other countries. Immediately after the reform became known, corresponding demands for a credit card ban were also made in Ireland and Spain. What speaks for the industry is that the industry associations generally also advocate banning payments. At the same time, it is emphasized that the banks would also be responsible here. Casino owners or betting providers themselves would not accept bets on credit, but the banks would have given them to customers. In the coming weeks and months, a possible ban should continue to be debated in both Spain and Ireland. It is quite possible that this will then be introduced promptly based on the model from England.


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