Why 16-24 year olds are twice as likely to be addicted to gambling and how the World Cup didn’t help

Young people are twice as likely to be in the “at risk” category as the UK population as a whole, and the problem is getting worse.

It stems from how easy it is to place a bet in the internet age, compared to years ago, and the money put into advertising, according to the Gambling Commission.

The abundance of advertising around the World Cup could have been a critical moment for young people, who may never have gambled before and are able to place bets instantly from anywhere on their mobile phones.

Around 2% of women and 7% of men in the general population are at risk of being addicted to gambling – this more than doubles for the 18-24 age group.

According to the Independent, gambling therapy charity the Gordon Moody Association is seeing more clients in their 20s than ever before, and GamCare, a helpline for gamblers aged 12-18 is getting 10 calls a month.

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