British Asians at High Risk of Gambling Addiction

British Asians at High Risk of Gambling Addiction

Written by: ava carson on 23/02/2012 14:00

University of Salford and the National Centre of Social Research in a study has found that Asian Brits are at the highest risk to gambling addiction.

The study surveyed nine thousand 11-15 year olds and Asians although were the least likely to gamble, those who did were more susceptible to problem gambling. Children who held the most pocket money were more prone to addiction than those that didn’t readily have cash.

"In the Asian community there is strong social disapproval of gambling in general," said Prof David Forrest, who led the research. "This means the minority who choose to gamble are already overcoming a barrier - already suffering a cost in terms of social disapproval."

"So probably a lot of Asians who gamble are people drawn to risk-taking whereas among whites many players are not candidates for hardened gambling because they're playing for social reasons rather than a driver in their inner self," he said. Adding that many adult gamblers started out as young as eight or nine years old.

Ruth Champion who works for rehabilitation courses said that they are seeing younger problem gamblers recently.

"In the last 5 years we've seen an influx of people getting into trouble younger because gambling has become more prevalent and accessible," she said. "We've seen our average client age go from late thirties to early twenties."

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