The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued new problem gambling advice as it continues its push to make the UK industry more socially responsible.
The UKGC issued their nine-point advice for those who may be at risk of problem gambling on their website. The advice suggests that those who are concerned about their own gambling should visit the Gambleaware and Gamcare sites. These resources offer details on the signs of problem gambling, and advice on how to help if someone you know has a gambling problem.
Among the advice given is the suggestion that gamblers ask themselves why they are gambling, as gambling with the intention of making quick money or escaping debt is often a warning sign of problems. The UKGC also advise that gamblers check their historical record with every gambling site they use, which operators are obliged by law to give customers access to, and that they use the ‘reality check’ feature which sets alerts to remind them how long they’ve been gambling for.
The UKGC advises that anyone using a gambling site ensures that it is fully licensed in the UK, as well as taking the time to read the full terms and conditions on every site they use. According to the UKGC, up to 80% of gamblers don’t read the terms and conditions. This is particularly relevant when considering promotions and bonus offers, which can seem more attractive than they really are.
The UKGC has taken a number of steps in recent months to tackle the perception on the part of the public and politicians that the UK industry isn’t doing enough on social responsibility. They are currently running a consultation on credit card gambling, which it is expected will lead to a full or partial ban on credit card betting in 2020.