ADVERTISING
 
Monday, December 11   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
'... Christian'
I would define myself as...





SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Research in Great Britain
 

Gambling problems on the rise among young people

At least 5% of men between 18 and 24 years old have some form of gambling addiction. “Technology makes gambling easier”, Christian expert says.

SOURCES University of Bristol , Premier Christianity AUTHOR Evangelical Focus BRISTOL 16 MARCH 2017 17:01 h GMT+1
gambling Around one in 20 people reported having a gambling problem. / Unsplash (CC)

According to a research of The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research (SPCR), published in the British Journal of General Practice, around one in 20 people waiting to see their GP at a group of surgeries in Bristol reported having a gambling problem.



The research surveyed over 1,000 patients in 11 GP practices in the city, and was carried out by academics from the universities of Bristol and York and the Australian National University.



 



FIRST SURVEY ABOUT GAMBLING



Participants were ranked using the problem gambling severity index, which asks a range of questions such as whether their gambling habits have made them feel guilty or caused health or financial problems.



This is the first time a survey of this kind has been undertaken in general practice in the UK.



 



GAMBLING PROBLEMS ARE HIGHER AMONG YOUNG MEN



Patients completed anonymous questionnaires which included questions about their mental health and addictive behaviours, such as risky drug or alcohol use.



Gambling problems were higher among young males and young adults, and people who used drugs, had depression or risky drinking habits.



Just under 1% of patients surveyed for the study reported having a severe gambling problem, 4.5% had low to moderately severe problems, and around 7% recognised gambling problems among family members.



 



“PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE”



“Gambling is emerging as a public health issue in the UK but it is poorly researched. There is very little independent data available and none at all on how many people presenting to GPs have a problem”, Dr Sean Cowlishaw from the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol who conducted the study, said.



The researchers aimed to “to measure the extent of the problem and identify who is most vulnerable so that we can start to think about how primary care services – GPs and others providing healthcare in the community – might be able to help.”



 



Smartphones make gambling easier. / Unsplash (CC)



“This could include training and support for GPs so that they can identify patients with problems and signpost them to specialist services”, Cowlishaw added.



 



DIFFICULT TO DIAGNOSE



The study also suggests those with depression and people with drug or alcohol addictions were more likely to have these kind of problems.



Gambling has emerged as major concern for public health in the UK since 2007, when legislative changes allowed for huge growth in gambling availability and advertising.



Unlike difficulties with alcohol or other drugs, however, there are no physical signs of problems with gambling and patients who need support are often overlooked until they experience major negative consequences (e.g., severe debt, relationship breakdown).



 



“TECHNOLOGY MAKES GLAMBING EASIER”



Justyn Rees Larcombe is a former gambling addict who founded RecoveryTwo, a Christian charity helping those with a gambling addiction. In an interview with British radio show Premier News Hour, he said technology played a major role in the rise of the habit among young people.



"Young people are so much more adept at smartphone technology and gambling is so much easier to do”, Larcombe pointed out.



 



“GAMBLING COMPANIES TARGET YOUNG PEOPLE”



The RecoveryTwo founder warned that "gambling adverts have gone up in real terms by 1400 per cent since 2007. 18 per cent of every advert on TV is a gambling advert."



The expert said he would like to "see compulsory education about gambling in schools", because "those adverts try to bring people in when they are young so they have a customer for life."


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Gambling problems on the rise among young people
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 
Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch

Author and international speaker Dr Pablo Martínez discusses the main challenges in Europe nowadays and hopes Evangelical Focus will be a useful tool to help build bridges between churches and society.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest

About 70 people from European countries met at the Younger Leaders Gen gathering in Hungary (19-22 October) to discuss the challenges of the church in the continent and build partnerships. Photos: Evi Rodemann and Jari Sippola.

 
I am not on sale I am not on sale

Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country ‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country

Bilbao hosted the Spanish Evangelical Alliance's annual meeting (assembly). Politicians, professors and evangelical representatives shared views on social reconciliation. The theme was also analysed from a theological perspective and in workshops. 

 
The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi spoke about how the biblical worldview shaped the West. 300 professionals attended annual GBG meeting on faith and work in Cullera (Spain). Photos: J.P. Serrano, S. Vera.

 
Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016

Around 1,000 young Christian leaders from 150 countries are participating in the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, to reflect on global mission.

 
VIDEO Video
 
What is the difference between theology and mythology? What is the difference between theology and mythology?

An answer by Khaldoun Sweis, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Olive-Harvey College.

 
Creation Care and the Gospel, in France Creation Care and the Gospel, in France

The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.

 
“It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation” “It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation”

In creation care, “we need more people who lead by example”, says well-known Brazilian politician and activist Marina Silva. 

 
Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online

The new video of the European Freedom Network addresses the dangers of social media. 

 
Playmobil animation on Luther’s life Playmobil animation on Luther’s life

British video platform GoChatter uses 4,000 individual photos to create stop motion video on Martin Luther's life.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.