MORE than 55,000 youngsters have a playing drawback — up fourfold in simply two years, a shock examine reveals.

One in seven aged 11-16 — 450,000 in complete — wager commonly, spending £16 per week.

A new study reveals that the numbers of children with gambling problems is over 55,000
A brand new examine reveals that the numbers of youngsters with playing issues is over 55,000

And 70,000 not but deemed drawback gamblers are in danger. Fruit machines, bingo, betting outlets and playing web sites are kids’ favourites — regardless of being unlawful for under-18s, Playing Fee regulators discovered.

Liz Ritchie, whose gambler son Jack killed himself at 24, demanded a ban on betting adverts.

She stated: “We want harder enforcement to limit youngsters’ entry to playing and a transparent well being warning that features playing’s excessive suicide danger.”

Clive Hawkswood, chief of the Distant Playing Affiliation — representing on-line corporations — stated: “There are too many kids playing.

“All of us should do extra to push the quantity down. The hyperlink between kids playing and adverts isn’t clear-cut however there’s real concern.

“Hopefully a evaluate we’re in for the time being will resolve that.”


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