Increase in Problematic Mobile Gamblers According to NPGC From 2013 The Percent of Patients were at 24% – Now the Patients Have Risen to 63% in 2016-17
According to a new report released by the National Problem Gambling Clinic there has been an increase in mobile problem gambling. The reports show that the number of people being treated for gambling addiction who play via their tablet and mobile has increased significantly.
A Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Service Manager for the National Problem Gambling Clinic, Dr Neil Smith said,
“The use of mobile phones as platforms to gamble on over the preceding five years is not surprising given their ubiquity in society.”
A spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport is calling on the industry to take further actions to gain control on the issues. The spokesperson commented that,
“There is clearly more work needed in this area. We are currently undertaking a review of the gambling sector that includes looking at social responsibility measures across the industry, including protections around gambling advertising.”
The BBC published the study showing that 24% of patients in 2012 and 2013 were struggling with mobile gaming, but now that number has jumped to 63%. The number of players that were referred to the support clinic has also increased to 778, up from 632 back in 2012-13.