GAMBLING is likely to become one of Britain’s most serious addictions by 2026 because of relaxed gaming laws and new betting technology, the Government has been told.
A report for the Department of Trade and Industry says that the Government has not paid enough attention to what long-term effect its new gaming laws will have on the public.
Britain’s laws, it says, will have problems keeping pace with technological advancements in gaming, including internet gambling, spreadbetting, fixed-odds betting terminals and betting via mobile phone and television.
These new forms of gaming suggest that gambling is likely to become a widespread and damaging problem in the next 20 years.
Of particular concern is spread-sheet betting, which, the report says, can leave gamblers with huge losses.