The Risks of Online Gambling: What You Need to Know

Online gambling has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years, but it also carries certain risks. Learn more about the risks associated with online gambling and how to protect yourself.

The Risks of Online Gambling: What You Need to Know

Online gambling has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years, and UK gamblers have a wide variety of sites to choose from. While it can be an entertaining form of entertainment, it also carries certain risks. It is relatively easy for regular gamblers and other interested parties to access online gambling sites and wager real money, and age verification checks are often lax or non-existent. Additionally, online gambling can take place anytime, anywhere - all you need is a credit card and an internet connection.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in online gambling, as people do not leave the house as often. People who have a gambling problem may see online gambling as less important because they can hide behind a screen and stay at home. However, it is more addictive because it is easier to hide. Online gamblers may not realise they have a problem because it does not disrupt their life in terms of work and social activities.

Online gambling is one of the riskiest types of gambling because it is easy to gamble and lose a lot of money very quickly. Unfortunately, it is all too common for people to become addicted to online gambling. Here are some things to consider before placing a bet online:

  • Understand that online casinos have safer betting strategies.
  • Be aware that there is a lack of sufficient consumer protection.
  • Be aware that promotional offers via email, SMS, social media, pop-up ads or a combination of them all can be attractive.
  • Be aware that there are restrictions on safer gambling.
At Algamus, we believe that a gambling disorder should be treated with the same urgency and seriousness as a chronic physical health problem. If you believe you or a loved one is struggling with a gambling disorder, please contact us at 888-527-2814, and we can help you identify next steps.

Help is available through GamCare, details of which are given at the bottom of this page.

Daniel White
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