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Study reveals Online Gambling soared during Lockdown, especially among Regular Gamblers

Tags: coronavirus, problem gambling, study, UK.
Posted on 27 May 2021 by "T".

According to new research, regular gamblers were six times more likely to gamble online as compared to "before the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic".

The study was led by the University of Bristol and published May 17 in the Journal of Gambling Studies. The study showed regular male gamblers were prone to gambling much more often online during the lockdown in the UK, compared to their previously-reported gambling habits.

Even though overall people gambled less frequently during the lockdown, mainly due to the fact that betting shops were closed, some types of gambling increased. For example, the usage of other types of online gambling such as bingo, poker and casino games grew six-fold amongst regular gamblers. Those who gambled occasionally were also found to be more than twice as likely than before to gamble online. Even those who had financial struggles before the pandemic were also more likely to engage in gambling during lockdown.

Lead author of the study Professor Alan Emond of the University of Bristol's Medical School said, "This study provides unique real time insights into how people's attitudes and gambling behavior changed during lockdown, when everyone was stuck inside and unable to participate in most social activities. The findings reveal that although many forms of gambling were restricted, a minority of regular gamblers significantly increased their gambling and betting online. As with so many repercussions of the pandemic, inequalities have been exacerbated and particularly vulnerable groups were worse affected."

The results of the comparative research, involving over 2,600 adults who participated in the survey, revealed that during lockdown men were three times more than likely than women to gamble regularly, described as more than once per week. Drinking heavily, described as more than six units in a session (equivalent to more than three pints of beer) at least once per week, was strongly linked to regular gambling among men and women. These findings are likely to be much greater in reality as the majority (70%) of respondents to the surveys in lockdown were women.

Professor Emond, also a public health expert, said, "The strong link between binge drinking and regular gambling is of particular concern, as they are both addictive behaviors which can have serious health and social consequences.  With the wider availability of gambling through different online channels, vulnerable groups could get caught in a destructive cycle. A public health approach is needed to minimize gambling harms."

The research also builds on other evidence that claims regular gamblers turned to new online options during the lockdown, such as UK punters betting on eSports, since traditional live sporting events were temporarily suspended that time.



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 dule-vu05/09/2021 04:14:46 GMT
Gambling is in big grow!
 Rocio2508/09/2021 00:29:08 GMT
Many people love online games as these games are super fun online games have skyrocketed wonderfully it was also found that those who played occasionally were more than twice as likely as before to play online.
 CALICUL08/09/2021 00:52:04 GMT
you have to do something when you are locked in the house and that's why people play more
 dule-vu08/09/2021 00:53:30 GMT
They will gamble even more!

Run forest,run...
Ops,you cant,you must stay at home Big Smile
 CALICUL08/09/2021 00:54:11 GMT
it is always good to bet when you stay at home Big Smile
 Rogerio1008/09/2021 04:37:00 GMT
Haha i don't think you need a special study to figurte it out that people will gamble more online since all the live casinos are closed and they don't have other options unless you play some underground games. But as a fan of statistics i always like to read numbers and do the comperasion.
 dule-vu08/09/2021 04:58:48 GMT
Everybody know,just this two womens write for days about it!
 dule-vu11/09/2021 09:25:04 GMT
new generation just love everything what is online and to stay more at home,so we will have grow no matter what corona situation will bring to us!also now lot of games have buy in future option,to have faster spending money and this will change eveything!in colder months this will just grow!
 Rocio2512/09/2021 01:17:13 GMT
Now because of the pandemic we are at home working and the best way to be de-stressed is to play online games as it helps people to stay clear so what are you waiting for to play online games and have fun with your friends and family?
 dule-vu12/09/2021 01:38:18 GMT
Gambling with family?hm!
 Rocio2513/09/2021 17:16:18 GMT
The online games are the best option because it gives you benefits in which you can enjoy these games without leaving home and to invite your friends to enjoy it now by the covid 19 we can not expose much to leave home and these games are an option for people.
 CALICUL13/09/2021 18:11:47 GMT
some countries want again lockdown and people will play
 ligador3714/09/2021 02:46:53 GMT
surely if there is quarantine again there may be an increase in games and bets, but even without an emergency shutdown I think that can happen ... or at least keep the current pace.
the events have been distributed throughout the week, so that each day there is something to bet on. there are new games every week, new betting sites, etc. this is not going to stop
 dule-vu14/09/2021 05:12:14 GMT
on next numbers that we will have,they will give even bigger grow for this industry and bigger earn for companies!
 Rocio2516/09/2021 00:18:40 GMT
Online games are spectacular because they allow you to de-stress and enjoy the benefits they offer us now because of the pandemic you can not expose yourself and the best way is to play the games from the comfort of your home so what are you waiting for to participate in these online games?
 CALICUL16/09/2021 00:21:03 GMT
it's spectacular but less when we lose Evil
 Rocio2517/09/2021 14:04:05 GMT
Online games have now skyrocketed as people spend a lot of time there entertaining and on one hand it helps to release the stress that we carry daily whether at work in studies ect online games are very fun and that adrenaline rush you feel is super fun.
 CALICUL17/09/2021 14:29:18 GMT
the internet have many things, where we can learn to play for bigger winnings
 Rocio2519/09/2021 02:44:20 GMT
Online games are the best because it allows you to enjoy the benefits ios can play and also invite your friends to participate in it saves by covid 19 we can not expose ourselves and we can play from the comfort of home and enjoying the benefits they have for you.
 dule-vu19/09/2021 05:50:38 GMT
I am very glad that you understand situation,even all of this is just that you make post every day!please try to translate some of our posts on your online translator to see how this isnt good!
 Rocio2521/09/2021 22:05:45 GMT
Now because of the covid 19 we can't leave the house and we want to spend more time at home and we want to distract ourselves a little bit and the online games are great because they allow you to de-stress and at the same time feel that adrenaline is spectacular and you can enjoy with the whole family at home.
 dule-vu21/09/2021 22:05:57 GMT
We can go out from home for months!who is locked at home?
 antonis32123/09/2021 00:00:18 GMT
Well restrictions have been lifted , at least in Greece this is tru . But still , there are restrictions to people who haven'ttaken the vaccine shots (are not allowed to go to many places or even work in many jobs) , also the masks are still required in many places , like supernarkets for example . This will continue I think until next Spring . LOL . These rapid virus tests I have no clue how it works , but for sure you pay them from your own pocket , wtf .
Anyway , during this peiod of lockdown , poker had a boom era , also casino and generally gambling , at least for some months , and some good poker series took place , some of them with $100M GTD prizepool , nice .
 CALICUL23/09/2021 00:05:16 GMT
the tests don not work well and even their inventor said : they are not for Covid 19. If they force us to stay in the house again, then we can study too much poker. Smile
 dule-vu23/09/2021 00:20:22 GMT
But nobody isnt locked at home and that nothing is open,like we had in last year!

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