GambleAware Research Shows Disproportionate Effect Of Gambling Harms

Research commissioned by GambleAware and conducted by YouGov found that, compared to 12 percent of white adults, 20 percent of black, Asian, and minority ethnic adults surveyed encounter some problems associated with their gambling (a PGSI score of 1+).

Commenting that ethnic groups are disproportionately affected by gambling damage and have a greater demand for care and assistance, the report is a secondary review of a 2019 conducted survey. Seven per cent of those surveyed were also listed as ‘problem gamblers’ (PGSI 8+).

The results also suggest a greater demand for treatment among ‘problem gamblers’ from minority ethnic groups, as well as revealing higher levels of damage.

In comparison to 49 percent of white ‘problem gamblers’, three quarters of those from minority ethnic groups say they want some form of care, assistance, or advice.

Potential motivators among respondents to seek care, help or advice included recognising that they could get assistance over the phone (25 percent) and knowing that it would be fully confidential and free of charge (both 18 per cent) (both 18 per cent).

In minority ethnic groups, a higher degree of treatment use was also suggested, with 71 percent of ‘problem gamblers’ having reported using some form of treatment, help and advice, compared to 46 percent of white ‘problem gamblers’.

Briony Gunstone, YouGov’s research manager, explained: “This research shines a light on the disproportionate impact of gambling harms on black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities. It also indicates a particularly high demand for treatment, support, and advice, tailored to these affected groups.

“The survey highlighted that increased awareness of support would motivate at risk gamblers to seek assistance. It is vital, therefore, to highlight the range of different services available, including telephone helplines such as the National Gambling Helpline, to make accessing treatment, advice, and support easier for gamblers from a minority ethnic background.”

In addition, GambleAware has also published a review of the international evidence base, titled Disproportionate Burdens of Gambling Harms Amongst Minority Communities: A Review of the Literature, which recognises the need to communicate explicitly with minority communities to appreciate the drivers of higher levels of gambling harm in these communities, noting a current dearth of such study.

Marc Etches, GambleAware chief executive added: “The prevalence of high levels of gambling harms among minority ethnic communities, coupled with the significant demand for access to treatment, support, and advice demonstrates the clear need to further strengthen and improve the existing provisions on offer.

“Services must be flexible, meet the varying needs of individuals and it is vital they are easy to access for all minority groups. This will require active engagement with communities on the ground to understand their lived experiences, and to design services in accordance with these.

“GambleAware will draw on the insights from these reports to inform additional investment in treatment and support services to address disparities between different communities.”