New maps identify areas of need for gambling treatment

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A new series of interactive maps to identify local levels of demand for gambling treatment has been released by GambleAware.

map of gambling treatment demandThe maps show usage of – and reported demand for – support for gambling harms according to local authority areas and wards. 

The maps detail the areas of higher take-up for gambling treatment as well as localities where there are increased levels of awareness of the services available. In areas of higher demand, the charity urges local authorities to ‘do more to promote the existing help available through the National Gambling Treatment Service’. The data is based GambleAware’s annual GB treatment and support survey, which is an overview of treatment demand and usage as well as prevalence of gambling-related harms. Just under 1% of adults are estimated to be problem gamblers, with a further 1 % considered to be at moderate risk.  

‘We want to assist local authorities and services in delivering the best possible treatment and support for gambling harms in their area,’ said GambleAware’s research, information and knowledge director, Alison Clare. ‘These new interactive maps can be used to identify shortfalls between treatment and support services and prevalence of gambling participation and harms, which can be used to inform local responses. The existing support available through the National Gambling Treatment Service can be used to help address these shortfalls.’

Maps available at www.begambleaware.org/gambleaware-gb-maps