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GambleAware Report Offers Guidance to Avoid “Stigmatising Language”

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- @GambleAware raises concerns over UK gambling legislation delay GambleAware says delaying the overhaul of legislation until a new PM is in place puts more people at risk of gambling harm.

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Fresh guidance on stigmatising language and gambling harms has been released by .

I lost hundreds of thousands of pounds and I thought might might die

Stacey Goodwin lost hundreds of thousands of pounds in gambling. She tried to take her own life twice. Stacey is now three years clear of her addiction and working as an associate for charity The EPIC Restart Foundation. She has helped over 1,000 women struggling with their gambling addictions through social media. Her book 'The Girl Gambler' has five star ratings on Amazon.com. It is about her escape from gambling addiction. The book has been published last April. For more information on The Girl Gambler, visit The Gambling Addicts' Association. for more details, go to their website.
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University of Bristol: Pioneering new Gambling Harms Research Centre launched at University of Bristol

The new Gambling Harms Research Centre at the University of Bristol will focus on gambling harms. It will champion novel interdisciplinary methodologies for gambling research. The announcement comes ahead of the imminent publication of a review of gambling legislation. Gambler's Minister Chris Philp welcomes the resource. He hopes it will help deepen the understanding and awareness of gambling-related harms and prevent and reduce them. There are concerns that gambling laws haven't kept pace with the proliferation of online gambling opportunities and children's increasing access to gambling products.
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University of Bristol: Pioneering new Gambling Harms Research Centre launched at University of Bristol

University of Bristol Opens Gambling Harm Research Centre

University of Bristol has opened a Gambling Harm Research Centre. It will be funded by a £4 million grant from GambleAware. The centre will focus on multidisciplinary approaches to gambling harm. It is the first academic research centre dedicated to this topic in Britain. Its funding comes from a grant awarded by Gamble aware for the next five years. They are currently conducting a review of the current gambling laws. Gambler's Minister Chris Philp welcomes the development.
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May: Gambling Harms Research Centre

The Gambling Harms Research Centre (GHRC) will focus on the research on gambling harms. It will be led by experts from public health, consumer research and personal finance. The centre is funded by a grant from GambleAware. It is set to place Britain at the forefront of evidence-based multidisciplinary action to prevent and reduce the negative impacts of gambling.
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‘I lied to everyone I met’: How gambling addiction has taken hold of women in the UK

Bev, Tracey and Stacey had problems with gambling. Bev was in charge of household finances. Tracy used to gamble a lot. St Stacy used online gambling to avoid attention. They all found support at a women-only residential retreat. They are part of a network of organisations within the National Gambling Treatment Service. Karter makes a link between a rise in gambling amongst women and its omnipresence. She sees a correlation between this and a increase in stress, depression and anxiety. It's easy to lose yourself in the virtual world of online gaming.
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‘I lied to everyone I met’: How gambling addiction has taken hold of women in the UK

GambleAware Publishes List of Annual Donations for 2021-2022

GambleAware has published details of donations for the 12 months ending 31 March 2022. The total for voluntary donations from the gambling industry is £34.7 million. Leading operators are responsible for donating 89% of the total donations. GambleAaware is calling for a mandatory levy on the industry. . It would fund treatment, prevention, and research of gambling harms. This would be effective in a matter of months.
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GambleAware Publishes List of Annual Donations for 2021-2022

'I lost £25,000': Problem gambling soars in lockdown as fears mount for young Scots and children at risk

Samaritans Scotland wants to see gambling treated as a public health issue. Betting and Gaming Council has a zero tolerance approach to betting by children. BGC members introduced the whistle-to-whistle ban on TV betting commercials during live sport before the 9pm watershed. They also introduced new age-gating rules on advertising on social platforms. The BGTC's largest members pledged an additional £100m of funding between 2019 and 2023 for research, education and treatment services administered by the independent charity GambleAware.
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'I lost £25,000': Problem gambling soars in lockdown as fears mount for young Scots and children at risk

Australian parental gambling affecting 200,000 kids nationwide

Nearly 200,000 Australian children under the age of 15 live in families where their parents engage in risky gambling. Nearly 60,00 of them are exposed to the most severe problem gambling, while only 1.1% of children are. The ANU analysis used figures from the 2018 Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. It was a nationally representative survey with a sample size of 18,406, including 4831 households with children aged under 15. It also suggests nearly half a million children exposed at low-risk levels.
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As Lootbox Mechanics Become More Widespread, Where is the Line Between Online Gaming and iGaming?

Loot boxes are similar to gambling on a psychological level. Studies show that loot boxes generate outsized profits for at-risk people and wealthy gamers. iGaming is legal in the US and is becoming more popular. iGambling is similar in nature to slot machines. There are also more legal online casinos in US. It's not illegal. The number of iGamers in U.S. is increasing. They are mostly from people with gambling problems. Loot boxes have a mechanic similar that is found in slot machine games. In igaming, the profits are generated from the players who invest a lot of money.
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The Guardian view on the gambling industry: an intervention is overdue

The government launched a review of current laws in 2020. A white paper with the proposals is expected soon. The report from the Social Market Foundation makes the case for a new board funded by a statutory industry levy to oversee national efforts to reduce gambling-related harm. It should be compulsory, not voluntary. Remit of addiction work should also be broadened to encompass prevention. The government estimates that while the vast majority of England’s 24.5 million gamblers do not have a problem, 0. 5% of them do. Last year there was a 16.2% increase in referrals to the NHS for severe gambling issues.
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How Cleaning Up shone a spotlight on female gambling

Cleaning Up is a new ITV drama about female gambling. It was created by Mark Marlow. Sheridan Smith plays single mum Sam Cook, whose gambling habits have left her in debt and facing a custody battle over her two daughters with her ex-husband Dave. She is struggling to survive working as an office cleaner on a zero-hours contract at a financial company in London's Canary Wharf. Sam is drawn into the seedy world of insider trading.
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How Cleaning Up shone a spotlight on female gambling

NHS Rejection of Gambling Funds Will Cost Addicts

Gambling addiction is an ongoing issue in markets across the world. In the UK, around 246,000 people suffer from compulsive gambling. The main avenue for support is through the National Health Service. From April 1, the NHS will no longer accept cash from GambleAware, a charity mainly funded through voluntary donations from the gambling industry.
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GambleAware Publishes List of Donations and Pledges it Received During First Three Quarters of Financial Year 2021-22

GambleAware received £16 million between 1 April 2021 and 31 December 2021. The money was given in the form of voluntary donations from the gambling industry. It includes increased contribution levels from leading operators. All funds donated go towards the charity’s four commissioning objectives. The charity is currently delivering more than 40 workstreams of work against each of the objectives and is working on the National Gambling Treatment Service, Annual Treatment and Support Survey and Gabbling Education Hubs.
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GambleAware Publishes List of Donations and Pledges it Received During First Three Quarters of Financial Year 2021-22

Gamble Aware launches campaign to support women at risk of harmful gambling

Gamble Aware launches campaign to support women at risk of harmful gambling. Online Bingo UK receives compensation from many of the brands featured on Online Bingo UK. YouGov poll estimates that there are around a million women in the UK affected by gambling problems. New statistics show that online gambling sites aimed at women saw spikes of activity between December and March. The number of women using services like Gamble Aware and Gamstop has doubled in 5 years.
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Gamble Aware launches campaign to support women at risk of harmful gambling

Women and gambling: new campaign raises awareness of harm

Jemima started gambling at the age of 15. She used to gamble with her family but she eventually developed a serious problem. New research shows that up to 1 million women in the UK are at risk from gambling harms. Almost 40% of them do not seek help because of stigma or shame. A new campaign by Gambleaware aims to raise awareness of the problem and highlight early warning signs. The average traffic on gambling websites popular with women peaks in winter months. Between December and March, the traffic is up by 29%. The total traffic between December to March is also up 29% compared to the rest of year.
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Women and gambling: new campaign raises awareness of harm

Around 1 million women at risk of facing harm due to gambling in UK, says study, World News

Women visit gambling websites 29% more often during winter months. The number of women seeking treatment for gambling addiction has doubled in last five years. Majority of the women do not seek treatment due to stigma and embarrassment. GambleAware will publish a study later this year. It will show that 1 million women in the UK are at risk of suffering harm due of gambling.
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Around 1 million women at risk of facing harm due to gambling in UK, says study, World News

What Problems Are Hidden Behind Loot Boxes?

There are similarities between gambling and video games. The key similarity between the two is loot boxes. Loot boxes in video game are consumable virtual items that can be redeemed for receiving a randomized selection of loot or virtual things.
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PayPal Integrates GamBan Blocking Software

Gamban has integrated with PayPal. It will allow users to block themselves from funding online gambling sites. The integration comes three years after PayPal was made aware of some people using a loophole to gamble beyond their means.
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Concerns voiced over problem gambling signs among over-65s

620,000 more over-65s are gambling online at least once a month than two years ago. The proportion of over 65s engaging in online gambling at at the least one month is higher than with any other age group. Longer stays at home and increased reliance on social media and TV are the main reasons for the rise in older people gambling. Gambling disorder is an illness and left untreated can lead to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. National gambling treatment service GambleAware is working to promote awareness of treatments for over 60s.
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What might the next Gambling Act look like?

The government is conducting a review into the Gambling Act 2005. The list of proposals for reform was supposed to be released in March, but nothing has been announced yet. The latest update from Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy Chris Philp was that it would appear in the coming months.
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Gambling Minister’s speech for the GambleAware conference

Gambling Minister is speaking at the GambleAware conference. The theme of the conference is "Collaboration in the Prevention of Gambling Harm". Minister was appointed in September as Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy. He has two key priorities: delivering on the manifesto commitment to make the UK the safest place in world to go online and to review the G gambling Act. The government considers gambling-related harm to be a health issue and a public health problem. It's our duty to prevent people from being led down a path to a dark destination.
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Gambling Minister’s speech for the GambleAware conference

Express Wins has a new Christmas slot game with free spins

Express Wins has a new Christmas slot game with free spins. Jingle Spins is a fun game, with all sorts of festive features. It's basically a free lunch with turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. The game is set in Santa's workshop. There are Santa’s dwarfs, reindeers, bells, orange and cinnamon sticks. It's like a wonderful soup of festivity. We recommend keeping a stash of mince pies and maybe an eggnog within arm's reach while playing.
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GambleAware awareness increases in the UK

Last year, GambleAware launched the National Gambling Treatment Service (NGTS) awareness campaign. The campaign was mainly aimed at men, but also had an arm dedicated to women. According to a spokesperson from paybyphonebillcasino.uk, the campaign will allay some of the concerns about problem gambling.
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GambleAware awareness increases in the UK

SPORTSBET FINED AGAIN FOR ILLEGAL GAMBLING ADS

Sportsbet has been convicted of gambling advertising breaches and fined $135,000. Liquor & Gaming NSW has started more than double the number of prosecutions this year. Online betting is increasing. The majority of the community is not happy with the current style of wagering advertising. 81% believe gambling ads increase the risk of developing a gambling problem.
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GambleAware Receives $14.6M for H1 With Bet365 as Top Donator

GambleAware has received $14.6 million in donations for the first half of 2021. Bet365, Entain and William Hill and Flutter are the top three donors. The money will be used for relieving gambling harm and helping bettors suffering from addiction and/or other irresponsible tendencies. The charity asked betting operators to provide at least 0.1% of their yearly gross gambling yield.
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GambleAware Receives $14.6M for H1 With Bet365 as Top Donator

Bet365 leads GambleAware donations in H1 as total pledges reach £10.6m

Bet365 donated the most to GambleAware in the first half of 2020. Entain donated second most with £2.0m. William Hill was the only other operator to donate a seven-figure sum. Platinum Gaming, Unibet, Playtech, Videoslots and Zecure Gaming also made donations. Gamble aware asks all businesses that profit from gambling in Britain to give at least 0.1% of their annual gross gambling yield.
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Bet365 leads GambleAware donations in H1 as total pledges reach £10.6m

Gambling Addiction Help Bodies

Gambling is a $40 billion business in the United States. Casinos in Las Vegas rake in over ten billion dollars from bettors. Some people are gambling addicts. There are bodies that help with gambling addiction.
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Gambling industry now making more money from fewer people: research

Problem gambling has doubled in the past decade. Online gambling increased from 8.1% to 17.5% nationally and 7.8% in NSW. Problem gamblers are more likely to be male, younger, educated and in a de facto relationship. They are also more at risk of addiction. Gambling Research Australia warns of increased harms as NSW emerges from lockdown and poker machine lounges reopen. The last lockdown saw a 19% increase in gambling after the first month of the new year.
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Gambling industry now making more money from fewer people: research

Operators Should Keep Educating Players on Responsible Gambling

Operators should keep educating players on Responsible Gambling. The ban of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in 2018 helped to prevent problem gambling. The changes of the past years have helped shape an industry that is safer and more consumer-friendly. Today, operators comply with government-issued regulation and help steer the industry in a direction that protects players.
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Operators Should Keep Educating Players on Responsible Gambling

GambleAware Announces New Senior Hires

GambleAware has announced the appointment of a Chief Commissioning Officer, Chief Communications Officer and Chief Operations Officer. Anna Hargrave will be joining as the new Chief Commissioner. Alexia Clifford will take on the role of Chief Communication Officer at GambleAaware. She is a former Marketing Director at Public Health England. She will help the charity to increase awareness and understanding of gambling harms. The new hires were made to meet the requirements and objectives laid out within Gamble Aware’s new five-year Organisational Strategy.
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GambleAware Announces New Senior Hires

GambleAware Commits £4M for Britain’s First Academic Research Hub Specialising in Gambling Harms

GambleAware has begun an eight-month grant award process to establish the first Academic Research Hub in Great Britain specialising in gambling harms research. The Hub will contribute to the charity's overarching vision of creating a society safe from gambling harm. Most gambling research in Britain is done from a social science perspective. A select number of universities have been invited to apply for the grant. The successful institution will take a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach. It will support and inform the wider system of treatment providers, organisations and agencies working to prevent and reduce gambling harming.
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GambleAware Commits £4M for Britain’s First Academic Research Hub Specialising in Gambling Harms

Entain Is a Top Donator for GambleAware in Q1, 2021

UK's responsible gambling charity, GambleAware, published details regarding donations and pledges received from businesses deriving income from gambling in Britain. The charity received $3.2 million in donations for the three months ending June 30, 2021. Biggest donation was $2.7 million from Entain, one of the largest global sports betting and gaming companies.
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Entain Is a Top Donator for GambleAware in Q1, 2021

Entain’s £2m contribution makes up majority of Q1 GambleAware donations

Entain donated £2.0m to the charity in Q1. Videoslots donated the most to GambleAware. Broadway Gaming and Apricot Investments donated more than £30k each. BetVictor donated over £65k and Mansion Group Holdings £5k. In the 12 months ended 31 March donations increased 80% to £19.5m. Flutter and Entain pledged to donate £100m for problem gamblers by the end of 2023.
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Entain’s £2m contribution makes up majority of Q1 GambleAware donations

Online gambling research praised by GambleAware

BeGambleAware.org is a responsible gambling resource. Behavioural Insights Team has published research on the development of deposit limit tools for online casino and sportsbetting. The research comes as the British government is conducting a wide-ranging review into the current state of the nation’s gambling market.
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Online gambling research praised by GambleAware

GambleAware Publishes New Reports and Guide for Financial Services Industry to Help Prevent Gambling Harm

Monzo has had success with its gambling block. At least five million people in Britain experience harmful gambling. GambleAware commissioned the Personal Finance Research Centre at the University of Bristol to produce a practical guide for financial services to protect customers from gambling-related financial harms. The guide offers real-life examples of what firms can do to identify and support customers who are at risk of gambling related financial harm. It highlights the value of analysing customer transaction data for spending patterns and behavioural signs that might indicate gambling vulnerability. The research may have knock-on benefits for other dimensions of the gambling harm, such as people’s mental health.
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GambleAware Publishes New Reports and Guide for Financial Services Industry to Help Prevent Gambling Harm

GambleAware Releases New Interactive Maps

GambleAware conducted a national survey on the differences in gambling participation across locations and demand for treatment and support on different geographical areas. The charity has published a new set of interactive maps based on data obtained in the survey. It is intended to help local authorities prepare to providing care for problem gamblers in their area.
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GambleAware Releases New Interactive Maps

Study shows online gambling soared during lockdown, especially among regular gamblers

There is increased revenue during lockdown for online gambling, especially on esports. Children are engaging with gambling advertising on social media. Children of the 90s is a long-term health research project that enrolled more than 14,000 pregnant women in 1991 and 1992. It receives core funding from the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and the University of Bristol. Alison Clare, Research, Information and Knowledge Director at GambleAware, is committed to ensuring all those affected by gambling harm have access to the necessary information and advice. She urges all organisations to work together to reduce stigma and raise awareness of help and support available via the National Gambling Treatment Service.
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Study shows online gambling soared during lockdown, especially among regular gamblers

Online Casino Canada Queenvegas in 2021: Interac-Casino QueenVegas Announces Launch

QueenVegas is launching an online casino in 2021. The Canadian gambling market is worth nearly $15 billion. QueenV Vegas wants to be one of the biggest and best in Canada. The brand offers a Welcome Bonus for new Canadian players. They also offer 100 free spins on the Book of Dead slot. Interac Canadian casinos offer a faster and simpler way of gambling. It accepts deposits made through the popular instant bank transfer.
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Man lost £20,000 in one night after becoming addicted to online gambling in lockdown

Craig Walding lost £40,000 in a month playing online casino games. He lost half of that in one night. NHS worker had to take out payday loans and borrow money from friends and family. Now he is recovering after being treated by Cardiff-based support service Footsteps to Recovery. He is preparing for a charity boxing match to raise money for those who saved him. The match is taking place in Cardiff on Saturday. For more information, visit Foot Steps to recovery.org.uk. It is a support group for people who have struggled with addiction to gambling. Craig lost all control over his gambling after the Covid pandemic.
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Man lost £20,000 in one night after becoming addicted to online gambling in lockdown

LeoVegas appeal, GambleAware, Evolution, & Flutter: the week in numbers

Super Group will combine with Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp and apply to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol 'SGHC'. LeoVegas will appeal a warning and SEK 2m penalty from Swedish Gambling Authority. GambleAware released its five-year organisational strategy. The effect of COVID-19 is devastating. It is based on Money Laundering Act. According to the Act, the ceiling for this type of infringement is €1m.
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LeoVegas appeal, GambleAware, Evolution, & Flutter: the week in numbers

How To Block Gambling Sites for Free?

Some countries regulate gambling and create sites that allow for blocking gambling websites. In the United Kingdom, the gambling blocking schemes were established with the goal of minimizing gambling-related harm in the country. There are apps that help you to ban yourself from these platforms but some require a registration fee or a periodic subscription charge.
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