Real money online and mobile gambling is growing increasingly popular with women according to a new report from UK-based publication The Independent.
Online gambling is becoming more attractive to women than drugs or alcohol, says the UK’s leading female addiction specialist.
Liz Karter, the aforementioned specialist, says work stress is a major cause of gambling addiction for women.
“Instead of going out drinking, women are coming home from work and switching on the PC. Many are in demanding careers and want to be able to escape at the end of the day while remaining in control in a way they would not be after drinking or taking drugs,” Kartner explains. “Then they can return to the real world and at first there are no side effects – only later do the problems really start when the habit sets in.”
Experts say that spiraling numbers of women are admitting to gambling problems in the wake of the explosion of online gambling. GamCare, the industry-funded organization, said it received more than 54,000 calls last year – up almost 4,000 on the previous 12 months.
Today’s report indicates that half of all women callers to their helplines “had problems with internet gambling compared to a third of men.” That’s up from 44 percent on 2011 figures.
The Gambling Commission regulator’s January omnibus survey indicated that 55 percent of women questioned gambled in the previous month.
To read the full report and interview with Karter, click here.