Apr 14, 2023

Psychiatrists warn gamblers ahead of Grand National

Problem gamblers are being encouraged to take preventative steps, such as putting blocks on betting websites, ahead of the annual Grand National horse race which runs on Saturday. The Royal College of Psychiatrists says this weekend will be challenging for many gamblers who struggle to control their betting habit. Not everyone who gambles develops a gambling disorder, but it is estimated there are between 250,000 and 460,000 problem gamblers in Great Britain. According to new analysis by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the fiscal cost of harmful gambling to the UK is £1.4bn per year, linked to higher welfare payments and increased healthcare needs. Prof Henrietta Bowden-Jones, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: "While millions of people will enjoy betting on the Grand National, others who struggle to control their gambling may find this weekend particularly challenging."If you have a gambling disorder, it is important to seek help from specialist NHS clinics and put appropriate self-exclusion agreements in place to stop you from gambling online and in person.

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