Gambling addiction Bolton people will be sad to know, now affects a quarter of the young male population. This is the finding of a study from the University of Bristol into men aged eighteen to twenty-four.
There was a higher likelihood of problems in those with depression or addictions to drugs or alcohol.
High levels of being exposed to gambling in this generation (which is the first to have grown up with internet gambling) are thought to have led to the issue.
Unlike smoking or addiction to other substances, gambling addiction is more likely to cause mental health issues. There is also, worryingly a link to depression and anxiety.
A Royal College of Psychiatrists spokesperson has called for GPs to be aware of gambling addiction as a possibility in patients presenting with addiction problems and low mood.
So do I see clients with this problem? Yes, and are they mainly young men, again yes.
Whilst it’s a little early to call for a gambling addiction Bolton specific survey, if Bristol has this problem… Then so does much of the rest of the country.
Using hypnotherapy and psychotherapy the compulsion to gamble can be treated as can other addictions like online addiction. Internet addiction can also be linked to gambling addiction because we gamble more and more online.
Of the clients I see, there is a mixed bag of online and high street betting but smartphones have led to much easier access and therefore to almost 24 hour exposure in some cases.
There are also self-esteem and anxiety issues alongside gambling. Sometimes the need to ‘win back’ the money and the failure to do so directly affect the person’s self-image.
So , let’s be aware of the possibility of this issue in friends, family and loved ones. It’s another of those issues that can be viewed as shameful and hidden.
There is no need to hide it, let’s deal with it and improve our lives.