Hyer’s Highlights: The Underage Gambling Problem
Benji Hyer reaches out to listeners for their personal experiences with underage gambling in the UK.
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The number of people aged under 18 in the UK who are classed as having a gambling problem has quadrupled to more than 50,000 in just two years.
The Gambling Commission has also suggested that 450,000 of those aged 11 to 16 in the UK bet regularly – that’s more than those who have taken drugs, smoked or drunk alcohol. That’s not just betting with friends; it’s slot machines and scratch-cards as well. Some even admitted using betting shops or online gambling sites despite them being illegal for under-18s.
Over the past 12 months, 39% of 11-16 year olds have spent their own money on gambling. A smaller yet still alarming percentage gambled using a parent of guardian’s account without their permission. Campaigner Bishop Alan Smith, called it a “generational scandal”. And Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson recently described gambling as a “public health emergency”.
On Benji Hyer’s Sunday radio show, he reached out to listeners for their personal experiences, and listener Max opened up about his gambling, but he denies addiction.
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Benji Hyer on the Underage Gambling Problem
Benji Hyer responds to listener Max who opened up about his personal experience with underage gambling. (3 minutes)
Listen to the full discussion from Benji Hyer's radio show on the 'Hyer's Highlights' podcast, here