Category Archives: Problem Gambling

Russia Bans Problem Gamblers From Driving

Russian lawmakers recently made international news when it was announced that people suffering from various psychological illnesses would be banned from driving. The government aims to make roads safer by prohibiting certain people from getting behind the wheel of a car – including problem gamblers. Compulsive gamblers and patient with various psychological conditions were shocked…

Concerns Raised About Self-Exclusion

Self-exclusion is a gambling harm reduction measure that allows players to bar themselves from gambling venues. In many cases, it helps players to control their gambling spending and it is largely positive. However, concerns have been raised about self-exclusion programs in the United Kingdom, as it seems that the number of self-excluded players has been…

New ‘Text For Help’ Gambling Support

Problem gambling continues to be a complex addiction, as there is a stigma attached to gambling addiction. Many problem gamblers are reluctant to come forward and seek help, so it is important that assistance is easily accessible. In the American state of New Jersey, a new services aims to make this possible by allowing problem…

Australian Researcher Criticises ABB’s Responsible Gambling

Dr Charles Livingstone of Monash University is a well-known gaming researcher. He provides plenty of insight and commentary on problem gambling in Australia, and he has recently set his sights on the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB). This week, Dr Livingstone criticised the ABB for its problem gambling measures and player protection code. He stated…

Problem Gamblers Receive Compensation Over Parkinson’s Drug

Parkinson’s Disease sufferers have recently been awarded compensation from Pfizer due to a drug’s side effects. The company failed to warn patients that the drug may cause impulse control disorders like problem gambling, and will be paying out millions of dollars to 160 Australians. Between 1996 and 2010, over a hundred Australians took a drug…

New Safe Gambling Measures from PokerStars

Recently, PokerStars announced the addition of casino games and sportsbetting to its site. To help keep players safe and uphold its dedication to responsible gambling, PokerStars has introduced new measures. Player will be given the option to opt out of seeing the casino games and sportsbetting offerings. So, players who are only interested in playing…

DIA Sends ‘Mystery Shoppers’ to Clubs and Pubs

Gambling venues across Australia and New Zealand have a responsibility to keep players safe from gambling harm. Staff members and managers are supposed to keep out an eye for problem gambling behaviour, but a new study by New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs has found that most venues are neglecting their responsibilities. This week, the…

Problem Gambling More Prevalent Among Athletes

Problem gambling is a major concern among the general population, and a new study has found that it is even more of an issue among athletes. According to The Guardian, professional sportsmen are three times more likely than people who do not play sports professionally to have a gambling addiction. The Professional Players Federation commissioned…

Sydney University Uses Math to Treat Problem Gamblers

Problem gambling continues to remain an elusive addiction that can be difficult to treat. Researchers across Australia and around the world have been working hard to develop treatment methods that are effective and long-lasting. This week, a team from Sydney University have announced a new breakthrough, which uses math to treat problem gamblers. Dr Fadi…

ACT Study To Examine Problem Gambling

As the ACT continues to implement gambling reforms, local researchers are getting ready to launch a study into problem gambling. Dr Tanya Davidson of the Australian National University’s Centre for Gambling Research will lead a study that looks at the way in which problem gambling affects relationships. Like all forms of addiction, problem gambling does…