The problem gambling research highlighted by the UK Gambling Commission is a red herring. The real problem is the media’s attitude towards an industry with few friends in high places.
Here are some headlines from the UK newspapers during the past week:
The Sun: MORE THAN TWO MILLION BRITS HAVE A PROBLEM WITH GAMBLING [their capitals]
The Guardian: Number of problem gamblers in the UK rises to more than 400,000
The Daily Mail: More than two million people could turn into gambling addicts: Regulator warns huge expansion in online betting has left 4% of the population 'at risk'
The Mirror: Two MILLION Brits are addicted to gambling or at risk of becoming hooked
The Times: Problem gambling grows by 50% in three years
The Financial Times did not follow up the Gambling Commission press release on problem gambling research but its last three articles on problem gambling are headlined: Our digital addiction makes us miserable; Bookies wait for outcome on fixed odds stakes; and Gambling muddies reputation of our beautiful game. At least The Telegraph is still relatively hysteria-free...
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