The Association of British Bookmakers has noted the results of the Health Survey for England 2012 today which shows:
- Problem gambling is on a downward trend, with an average of 0.5% of people classified as a problem gambler, compared to 0.9% in 2010 and 0.6% in 1999 and 2007
- There is no evidence of higher gambling in deprived areas
- Gambling participation is higher amongst the most affluent and lowest among the poorest
Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive of the Association of British Bookmakers, said:
“While this survey shows that problem gambling across all gambling products is a falling trend and gambling prevalence is the lowest among lower income households, we are not complacent and do acknowledge that some customers are at risk of developing a problem with their gambling behaviour.
The truth is that those customers also experience problems will gamble on a variety of different products, from casino table games to scratch cards. That is why a range of measures is required by the gambling industry to ensure there are different interactions at different stages.
The ABB’s new code for player protection does just that. For example, mandatory alerts and voluntary player limits on time and money spent are being introduced on gaming machines along with enhanced staff training, better customer interaction and increased age verification checks.
The ABB continues to pursue an evidence-based approach to the management of gambling related harm and will continue to counter ill-informed commentary and the deliberate misrepresentation of the facts by single-issue pressure groups funded by vested interests.”