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Increase in younger gamblers due to ease of access

There is an increasing amount of younger people dealing with gambling addiction now

Written by Megan Stonecipher and posted in opinion

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Problem gambling is a widespread issue in Ireland.  Especially when there are believed to be 40,000 people who have gambling addictions in Ireland.  Not only is this a widespread issue for the Irish adult population, but we are starting to see more and more younger people struggling with addiction to gambling.  Currently more than one third of the people who contact Gamble Aware are under the age of 22.  This is rather troublesome because according to the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, adolescent are 2 to 3 times more likely to become addicted to gambling than adults.

Researchers believe that we are starting to see more younger people with gambling addictions due to the ease of access to gambling online and gambling through mobile apps. Today, it’s hard to catch a young person without a phone in their hand.  We always have to have it and we are always constantly checking it.  Gambling organisations are using this to their advantage.  This can especially be seen with how mobile gaming apps send incentives when it notices that the user of the app hasn’t used the app in a while.  These notifications can be hard to ignore and resist.  Also since gambling is online and through mobile apps now, it’s easily accessible from anywhere.  You no longer have to go out of your way to the bookies shop.

Young people growing up in this type of easily accessible gambling culture is rather worrisome.  There are a lot of negative effects surrounding the gambling culture.  A lot of people believe that more laws should be passed in order to regulate the gambling culture.  In 2013 there was a Gambling Control Bill introduced by Alan Shatter in order to help regulate gambling but it still has not passed through the Oireachtas yet.  People are hoping that the bill will get pushed forward soon, especially since problem gambling is becoming more of an issue due to ease of access online and on apps.



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Published June 22nd, 2017
Last updated November 14th, 2017
Tags gambling addiction wellbeing
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