Gambling - huge cost to UK economy

The cost of gambling to the UK economy is estimated to be over £1.16 billion per year.

Between 61-73% of all adults in the UK gamble at some point in the year says a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research. For most people this is not a problem but for up to 4% of all those who gamble it is a serious issue.Men are five times more likely to have a problem with gambling then women. Young people gamble ess than the older genration but are more likely to have problems.My own experience of working with those who have this prblem is that it provides a temporary release from worries and insecurities. Gamblers can create an emotion free bubble into which they can escape. It is recognising this need and beginning to address the other issues from which they are escaping which can provide they way out of these problems.