Gambling addiction could be nine times higher than industry claims

Landmark study finds 1.4m being harmed and 1.5m at risk as government readies to unveil reform

Gambling addiction rates may be nine times higher than the betting industry claims, according to a landmark study that found 1.4 million people are being harmed by their own gambling, while a further 1.5 million are at risk.

Published with the government weeks away from unveiling plans for a once-in-a-generation reform of gambling laws, the survey is part of a push by leading charity GambleAware to encourage more people to seek treatment.

Anyone wanting to get help or support with gambling, for themselves or another, can contact the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133.

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