Ministers slammed for failing to tackle problem gamblers

Mail Online | 7/18/2019 | Tom Witherow For The Daily Mail
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As many as 17,000 gambling addicts try to kill themselves every year, according to a study.

Another 65,000 also have suicidal thoughts, researchers found.

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The figures suggest that gambling addicts are around eight times more likely to attempt to take their own lives than the general population.

A team from Swansea University examined responses from 7,000 people.

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In the previous year 4.7 per cent of problem gamblers said they had attempted suicide, compared with 0.6 per cent of the wider population.

Close to one in five had suicidal thoughts, compared to 4.1 per cent of adults generally.

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There are thought to be around 340,000 adults with a gambling addiction in the UK, and a further 550,000 suffering moderate harm.

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