Internet gambling plunging people into debt
Online Gambling is becoming an increasingly popular form of gambling and there are now an estimated 1,700 gambling websites on the Internet.
However, whilst many people gamble online without any problems GamCare has started to see an increase in the amount of people contacting their helpline and counselling services who are losing control of their gambling online.
In addition, the Insolvency Service has seen a huge increase in debt caused by gambling. A spokesperson commented that the growth in online gambling is adding to this rise in debt advice. People can pay online with their credit or debit cards, they can generate as much debt as their card will allow them to.
The Gambling Commission, a government watchdog, recently established that nearly 9% of adults participated in remote gambling on a monthly basis during the 12 months to June 2007.