During the coronavirus pandemic, Internet gambling activity has surged, and with it has been an increase in the number of gamblers trying to prevent themselves from using online casinos and gambling companies.
According to the figures seen by The Guardian, the new exclusion rate of Gamstop, a national self-exclusion program for people who struggle with gambling, increased by 21% in February.
Since the launch of the service in 201
Gamstop said that during November and December, the increase in online gambling transactions appeared to be an effort to avoid gambling.
It said this suggests that “the increasing trend of online gambling may lead to more vulnerable individuals choosing to exclude themselves from all sites”.
There may be more people signing up to the plan than ever before, but Gamstop’s data also shows the difficulty of many people staying away from gambling.
In January 2021, of the possible 177,038 people, 49,328 people tried to gamble and were banned from gambling because they were registered with Gamstop, which allowed people to shut themselves out for a certain period of time.
The organization said this shows that blocking software is not a “magic bullet.”
Fiona Palmer, chief executive of the organization, said: “As the number of registrations continues to rise, I urge anyone who excludes self-exclusion from online gambling through Gamstop to also seek treatment.”
“In the past year, people’s awareness of self-exclusion plans and blocking software has been increasing. This is very important, and we must continue to spread information to those who need help most.”
Matt Blanks, project manager of Matt Bronx (Petal Aid), a project to help people addicted to gambling, started betting at the age of 11. He lost more than 700,000 pounds and tried to commit suicide.
He said that being able to immediately stop all online operators from using it is a life-saving straw. He said: “It provides you with a moment of pause, a breathing space, to ensure that when you are impulsive or impulsive, you cannot bet at that moment.” “Reflecting during this period of time can make all the difference. .”
The person with a gambling disorder is most likely male, but Gamstop recorded an increase in the number of women registered during the prohibition period.
The number of women who have been self-excluded recently has reached 50,000, of which the sex-sharing ratio is 71% for men and 29% for women. People between the ages of 18 and 34 are most likely to use the service, accounting for 59% of all registrants.
These figures are based on the conclusion of the collection of evidence from the government’s gambling review last week. Gamstop said that in the documents submitted, the number of websites posting links to black market gambling businesses that have not registered for blocking services has increased.
Membership in the program is a condition for obtaining legal gambling qualifications in the UK.