53% of adults in the UK are gamblers, an NHS study reveals.
The 2018 Health Survey identifies the biggest group of gamblers were men aged 25-34, with 64% having gambled in the past 12 months.
NHS boss Simon Stevens said: ‘These new stats are a stark reminder of how common gambling is in our society, and how easy it is to become addicted, particularly with the aggressive push into online gambling.
Online betting apps and websites have made gambling more accessible than before, with more than half of women aged 45-64 admitting to gambling in the last year.
Salford is not short of bookies, there are six in the Salford Shopping City alone. With interactive games and attractive sign-up bonuses, the appeal of gambling is undeniably alluring.
A recovering gambling addict, who wishes to remain anonymous, spoke to Salford Now about his addiction:
“It was just a bit of fun in the beginning, it made watching the football more interesting. But then my parents sat me down as I didn’t realise how much I had spent.
“You win some, you lose some. But before I knew it I had already spent 2 or 3 thousand pounds”.
When asked what advice he would give to those currently struggling with a gambling addiction, he said:
“If you feel like you’ve got a problem, speak to someone because it helps”.